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American Studies Calendar

Key dates for 2023-2024

Deadlines and dates for American Studies events are shown in the table below.

Northwestern Academic Calendar

Many dates for American Studies events and deadlines dovetail with the university's academic calendar. The complete Northwestern academic calendar for 2023-2024 is located on the Office of the Registrar website.


Fall Quarter 2023

Day Date Event




September 5



Virtual Open House/Directions Fair:  question session for first-year and transfer students. ( zoom link)


September 6


Virtual Open House/Directions Fair:  question session  for first-year and transfer students (zoom link)




September 20



Welcome Back lunch for American Studies majors. AMST Lounge, Kresge 5520


October 2


Classroom of Compassion Event - reception with the two artists who created the initiative.


October 4


Steering Committee Fall Quarter Meeting - Kresge 5520


October 7 


American Studies Alumni Homecoming Breakfast - Kresge 5520


October 8


 Chicago Outing - Pullman National Historical Park and Pilsen Neighborhood with lunch and a stop at the National Museum of Mexican Art.


October 10


Zoom Alumni Talk with Rebecca Schieber - Rebecca (class of 2015) leads Targeted Victory's General Consulting Division, running  competitive campaigns and focusing on electing a new generation of moderate Republicans.




October 26

5-6:00 pm


Group Advising session. Location: Kresge #5520 (Individual advising session to follow Oct 27,30,31)


November 4 


Hamilton The Musical - 1:30 matinee 


Winter Quarter 2024

Day Date Event


Jan 20-21


Milwaukee Overnight Winter Quarter Excursion - Details to come



February  6

5-6:00 pm

 American Studies Group Advising session in AMST Lounge (Individual advising sessions to follow Feb 7,8,9 )




February 6

6-7 pm


Informational Session about the American Studies major (more detail about the major can be found on the Admissions page). 


February 7 


Alumni Panel Discussion - Join us for a virtual alumni panel discussion with recent American Studies alumni over the past 5 years to hear about their career and grad school paths since graduation.


Feb 28


Alumni Discussion with Rhaina Cohen - focusing on her book The Other Significant Others


Spring Quarter 2024

Day Date Event
Thur March 28 Applications due (Admission to the American Studies major is through a selective application process; see the Admissions page for details)
Mon April 8 Director Meeting with Rising Seniors - confirming thesis advisor and topic
Wed-Fri April 10-12 Applicant Interviews 
Mon April 24 Applicant Notification — New American Studies Majors selected


April 30   


Group Advising Session - All current and incoming American Studies Majors. AMST Lounge (Individual advising session to follow May 1,2,3)





May TBD       5-6:00 pm


Thesis Process Discussion - American Studies seniors (current and rising). Bring your completed thesis form. (AMST Lounge Kresge #5520)




May   16



Senior Symposium - Thesis writers will present and all students, faculty and guests are welcome.  Reception to follow.  Kaplan Seminar Kresge #2351


May 21

Alumni Discussion with Peter Spears - actor and producer based in NY and LA will discuss his career path.



June TBD 


End of Year Picnic - American Studies student and faculty year end celebration lunch - Lakefront at Clark Street and Sheridan


 June TBD



Pre-Convocation/Graduation Gathering — American Studies seniors.  Mid-Campus Green

When hosting events and meetings, the Program in American Studies will serve plant-based meals by default. This commitment to DefaultVeg allows us to ensure our food choices are inclusive, healthier, and sustainable.