American Studies HKU School of Modern Languages and Cultures HKU

Welcome to the American Studies Programme!

As a Major or Minor in the Programme, you will develop an understanding of the Americas in a global context and appreciate how contemporary popular culture grows out of important historical events of the distant and recent past. By nature, the Programme's courses are interdisciplinary and include films, history, law, literature, politics, and the visual arts. Some of the themes explored delve into a hemispheric overview of nationalism, imperialism, colonialism, post colonialism, as well as theories of class, gender, race, and sexuality. We will encourage you to become a confident interpreter of the world who analyzes with care and rigor the various modes of communication, from novels, poetry, photography and movies, to legal documents, news magazines, television shows, and the internet. The curriculum also includes an intensive field trip to the United States during the summer, and a semester-long virtual field trip exploring the connections between East Asia and the Americas.

Most of all, the American Studies Programme offers a vibrant and exciting experience with dedicated faculty who are deeply committed to excellent teaching and scholarship, explore their profiles here. With courses that are challenging but fun and friendly, the professors will encourage you to develop excellent skills of analysis and communication that will enable you to have a strong and successful professional life. You can read about how American Studies Alumni have applied the skills they developed in the Programme to their careers, research, creative endeavors, and post-graduate studies on the Alumni page.

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News & Events

May 9, 2024 (Thursday)

American Studies VR Exhibitions

Time: 11am – 5pm
Venue: Common area Site B, G/F, Centennial Campus, HKU (opposite to Jockey Club Tower entrance)



- | Rethinking America's Past: Voices from the Kinsey African American Artand History Collection |
Edited by Tim Gruenewald (University of Cincinnati Press, 2019)
- | Imperial Benevolence: U.S. Foreign Policy and American Popular Culture Since 9/11 |
Edited by Tim Gruenewald and Scott Laderman (University of California Press, 2018)
- | Cinematic Currents between China and the US |
Edited by Tim Gruenewald and George Wang (Asian Cinema Journal, 29.1, 2018)

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