U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, the Honorable Lynne M. Tracy, joined Yerevan State University Rector Hovhannes Hovhannisyan and guests in December 2021 at the official opening of the American Studies Center in YSU’s Faculty of International Relations. The Center will be home to the new YSU Master’s Degree Program in American Studies, which launched instruction in the fall 2021 semester with ten newly admitted graduate students who have come to the interdisciplinary program with baccalaureate degrees from multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Meanwhile, six of the YSU instructional faculty members in the new degree program spent the fall 2021 semester at Arizona State University preparing syllabi and course platforms for twelve of the new classes that will be introduced into the YSU curriculum through the new program—courses ranging from U.S. History and U.S. Geography, to more specialized offerings in U.S. Energy Policy, U.S. Mass Media, and U.S. Immigration and the Armenian Diaspora, among others.
In November 2022, the YSU American Studies Center will host its first international research symposium, “Armenia, the United States, and Regional Challenges to Global Security.”