American Studies

Learning Goals

By graduation we expect our majors will have become:

a) Adept at close reading of both primary and secondary sources;

b) Capable of interpreting sources that are written, visual, material, and, at least to some extent, aural;

c) Attentive to the production of culture and to social and political change in a range of historical periods and social contexts;

d) Informed about the multi-ethnic and multi-racial components of American society and culture;

e) Capable of connecting scholarly work to contemporary issues of community, societal, national, and international concern.

f) Capable of producing a well researched, well written, and persuasively argued, extended analytical essay on a topic of their choosing.