American Studies

American Studies is based on the principles that American culture is best understood as a whole and that literature and art should not be artificially disconnected from the history and society from which they arise. Students in the American Studies track of our Interdisciplinary Studies program blend work in American history and literature with an examination of how several other disciplines view American society and culture.

Students choose American history or American literature as a primary interest and develop a substantial concentration (at least 18 credits) in the area, including a methodology course and a seminar or an independent study. Extensive work is completed in the secondary area, usually three or four courses, and related courses in at least two of the following areas:

  • Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Sociology)
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Arts (Art, Music, Communication Arts)

During senior year, the student is responsible for a final project of an interdisciplinary nature in some aspect of American Studies.