American Studies

The American Studies Major

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The American Studies major encourages students to design an individualized course of study within a major structured to provide them with the methodological, theoretical, and research skills to conduct independent interdisciplinary research.

Courses in the major expose students to a range of primary materials and the analytical tools to engage them critically, as well as key terms and theories crucial to the field of American Studies. This coursework includes exposure to historical analysis, ethnography, archival research, textual analysis, community-based learning, as well as intellectual fields such as cultural studies, critical race theory, cultural geography and empire studies. Students develop their unique concentration of study from courses both within the department and across the college curriculum. A student’s area of concentration allows in-depth analysis of a topic within a comparative framework that promotes innovation of thought and creativity in design.

During the senior year, majors, under the guidance of a departmental faculty advisor, complete a semester-long or year-long project that acts as the culmination of their work in the major.

Our majors go on to graduate work in history, English, art history, museum studies and other fields and are working in law, academe, non-profit, business, and government.