The American Studies (AMST) program is an interdisciplinary major/minor that educates students for responsible leadership and productive careers. It encourages students to use multiple academic disciplines and perspectives to explore the complexity and diversity of this nation’s history, literature, and culture. Students learn the role of ideas, discourse, and events in creating American culture. They examine the interplay of race, regional identity, politics, capitalism, globalization, and popular culture in developing an American identity.
Courses throughout the major and minor develop five key themes:
Students through this major/minor hone critical thinking and writing skills, which are vital to success in a wide variety of careers. Overall, the courses in this program help the students become informed citizens of both our nation and our world. Our classes encourage ethical engagement with the issues raised by scholarly interrogation of received wisdom and platitudes about American culture.
Having a major or minor in American Studies positions students well to embark on careers in business, law, medicine, philanthropy, and many others. American Studies embodies the interdisciplinarity that is one of the strongest traditions of a liberal arts education. It represents a holistic, wide-ranging way of thinking and expression that is increasingly valued by graduate schools and employers.
Paul D. Reich
Director, American Studies Program
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