The BA in American Studies focuses on the interdisciplinary study of American culture. Through their coursework and independent projects, majors acquire strong analytic and writing skills and explore the intellectual, social, and material cultures of the United States, the diverse experiences of Americans, and the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world. This unique major offers students the opportunity to make connections between diverse fields and subjects, a capacity for self-direction, and the ability to apply their skills to a variety of contemporary professional fields including: government, economics, social work, education, journalism, business, psychology, law, digital and print media, non-profit work, theater and the arts. A small program, the American Studies major features a close-knit community of students and hands-on, individualized advising by the director of the program.
American Studies majors acquire many of the same skills which emerge in a traditional humanities or social science major, most notably analytical abilities and strong writing. Yet American Studies students also gain the ability to make connections between diverse fields and subjects, a capacity of self-direction, and the ability to apply their skills to a variety of contemporary professional fields, including: politics/government, economics, social work, education, publishing/journalism, business, psychology/counseling, law, digital and print media, non-profit work, theatre and the arts, and cultural institutions.
In the American Studies major, students take three required courses, then have the choice to customize their major with 24 credits of major electives in one of five areas of concentration: