American Studies

American Studies Program

Fall 2021 updates

Welcome back to the Fall 2021 semester at CSULB! After two-and-a-half semesters of mostly remote learning, it will be great to have some of you back on campus this fall. We’ve prioritized holding our core classes in person, so we are excited to see students in AMST 300 (Introduction), AMST 350 (California Culture), and AMST 498 (Senior Seminar) on campus this fall.

Please consult the campus Covid-19 information page. The website contains a wealth of important information that is especially pertinent for those who will be on campus this fall. If you have questions about pre-campus-arrival health screenings, the online vaccination certification formthe campus testing program, face covering guidelines you’ll find answers to those and much more on that page.


Most of our fall classes are fully enrolled, but there are a few seats left in AMST 142 (Race and Hollywood), AMST 300, the new AMST 325 (Dr. Sharma’s “Beauty Matters” course), AMST 361 (Sports), and AMST 498. 

Dr. Mizelle, Director of American Studies, will hold American Studies advising office hours on Tuesdays from 2-4p via Microsoft Teams. You can drop in via this link or email him directly at for help or to schedule an appointment.

Students should also talk at least once per semester with an advisor at the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) ATLAS network, as they are terrific with the “big picture” issues like general education, timely graduation, and so forth. You can make an appointment with them via their website. We hope to hear from all of you at some point this semester to see how things are going and to make plans for the rest of this academic year, so please reach out to Dr. Mizelle and to ATLAS when you can.

We hope to return to some of our normal “American Studies at the Beach” events this semester and are awaiting further guidance from the university before we announce anything specific. We are hoping to get the movie club, walking tours, and even some social events and hangouts going again when permitted to do so, so look for announcements from your faculty and our social media pages about that later this semester. 

Please email the department chair, Dr. Brett Mizelle, with any questions you might have about the American Studies Program at