Since its establishment as a discipline, American Studies has privileged an interdisciplinary approach - hence the intention of the program to broaden its scope by means of an association with the Center for Social Studies. This partnership enriches the interdisciplinary component of the program, while also covering the hemispheric dimension of the Americas. Its goal is not only to deepen a critical understanding of the United States as the most influent superpower in cultural terms in the global world, but also to confront the United States with the study of other realities in the American continent, with an emphasis on inter-American studies, as well as with other transatlantic perspectives.

This degree provides for specialized research in an area of indisputable current interest on both cultural and political grounds. Besides being able to attract candidates with prior training in the area, it can also capture the interest of other specialists from different fields, who want to engage in advanced research in this field of study.