For over 40 years Flinders University has maintained the most comprehensive teaching and research program on the United States in Australia. The American Studies Department offers a full honors program in American Studies and a full range of supervision at all research levels.

There are 3 innovative initiatives that support the success of the Flinders programs.

  • The Washington Internships Program – undergraduate students work on Capitol Hill for 8 weeks during the Australian summer or 17 weeks under the Capital Semester Program with TFAS.
  • Study of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement – the third year seminar topic is unique in Australia
  • Comparative study of United States (American Studies Department) – one of the most compelling ways to teach about the United States in Australia.

Flinders University was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in late 2009 following a national, competitive selection process.  Flinders has renewed this commitment and established a joint Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy with Carnegie Mellon Univeristy Australia.

Asian Studies is a multi-disciplinary field, and an academic department was first introduced at Flinders in 1976 bringing together staff from Economics, Geography, History and Politics. The Indonesian Language major was introduced at that time and the Asian Studies major began in 1989.