American Studies

Learning Goals

By graduation we expect our majors will have become:

  1. Adept at close reading of both primary and secondary sources
  2. Capable of interpreting sources that are written, visual, material, and, at least to some extent, aural.
  3. Attentive to the production of culture and to social and political change in a range of historical periods and social contexts.
  4. Informed about the multi-ethnic and multi-racial components of American society and culture.
  5. Capable of connecting scholarly work to contemporary issues of community, societal, national, and international concern.
  6. Capable of producing a well researched, well written, and persuasively argued, extended analytical essay on a topic of their choosing.

 

Learning Goals

Professor Frank Couvares talks with students during a Global Valley (AMST 111) field trip to Holyoke.