The American Studies program offers unique opportunities for undergraduate study. Our courses bring together faculty and students from many academic fields — anthropology, art history, biology, environmental studies, history, literature, Jewish studies, North American studies, sociology and women's and gender studies. Our courses use ideas from these and other disciplines to examine the significance of the American experience for peoples in the USA, in North America and beyond. Class discussions raise questions about the American dream and about the lived experience of American democracy which have renewed relevance in the post 9/11 context. American Studies students also look outside of the classroom to answer these questions, by going on study-tours of Washington DC and adjacent sites, by securing internship placements and pursuing research projects, and by arranging for program-related study-abroad experiences.