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American Studies

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For more information on ways to give, contact:

Portrait: Eva Widder

Eva Widder
CLA Development & Alumni Relations

225 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-626-5146

For other giving options, visit the U of M Foundation.

Make a Gift to American Studies

Make a gift to the Department of American Studies online through the University of Minnesota Foundation.

Our faculty and alumni's scholarship and teaching have been recognized internationally. We are usually ranked among the top four American studies graduate programs in the nation, along with Harvard, Yale and Brown. Our graduates receive jobs in outstanding research universities and liberal arts colleges in the United States, Japan, England and Norway.

The Department of American Studies is committed to increasing diversity in our graduate program. We are innovators in interdisciplinary research and teaching, and we are currently in a confederation with the Chicano, American Indian, African American & African studies, and the Asian American studies programs.

What Your Gift Can Do

Your tax-deductible gift provides our students with encouragement and financial support. It gives our faculty the resources to advance our understanding and knowledge of human communities. It helps to sustain and grow the department's reputation for excellence.

Your contribution allows us to ensure:

  • A distinguished faculty
    Creating endowed chairs and professorships and supporting interdisciplinary research centers and programs will help us recruit and retain outstanding faculty.
  • Excellence and competitiveness of our graduate program
    Faculty choose institutions that attract the best graduate students. We need to ensure the excellence and competitiveness of our graduate programs so that we can compete for the best faculty and emerging scholars.
  • A diverse and engaged undergraduate student body
    Although we are attracting better students than even before, too many outstanding students choose other institutions. The deciding factor is often finances. Merit- and need-based scholarships are essential to our success in recruiting these talented students.

Choose a Fund

To remain competitive, we need your support for our funds that support graduate and undergraduates. We have four funds that may interest you.

  • American Studies Scholarship Fund
    This fund provides scholarships for outstanding undergraduates majoring in American Studies who have both academic merit and financial need. Professor Lary May has graciously agreed to direct gifts in honor of his retirement to this new scholarship, a fitting legacy given his years of service to our students.
  • David Noble Graduate Research Fellowship
    This fellowship fund was established to honor David Noble's more than 50 years of teaching. Students receive funds to support their Ph.D. training.
  • Mulford Q. Sibley Scholarship Fund
    This scholarship provides tuition, fees, and money for research and related expenses for undergraduates and graduates.