The English Department encourages upper-division majors with particular literary/critical interests to pursue them formally by selecting an area of specialization. The American Cultures & Global Contexts Specialization offers students an opportunity to study authors and topics drawn from a broad historical range. We also encourage students to develop a comparative understanding of the field. In practice, this includes exploring how different aspects of American cultures interact, and interrogating the ways regional, hemispheric and global trends shape, and are shaped by, American cultural expressions. Students are encouraged to consult with members of the ACGCC faculty for advice in selecting their courses. The participating English Department faculty include: Elliott Butler-Evans, Guy Mark Foster, Giles Gunn, Carl Gutierrez-Jones, Yunte Huang, Stephanie LeMenager, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Mark Maslan, Christopher Newfield, John Ridland, Derieck Scott and Candace Waid.