American Studies

American Studies is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to the study of American culture in a global context. American Studies graduates are prepared to collaboratively solve complex problems using a mixture of career-ready skills, leadership development, and intercultural fluency.

American Studies majors critically examine American life in a curriculum that emphasizes innovative service-learning, historical knowledge and contemporary approaches to actively engage the community and region. American Studies programs foster a deep historical, cultural, and sociological understanding of the position of the United States in the global marketplace.

American Studies graduates thrive in fields such as Journalism, Mass Communication, Marketing, Education, Technical Writing, Conservation Management, and Environmental Management. The program also prepares students for graduate programs, including those in the arts, humanities, social sciences, law, business, public policy, and education.

Concentrations in American Studies

Communication, Literature, and Media Studies

The Communication, Literature, and Media Studies concentration in the American Studies program provides students with the skills and competencies to succeed in a variety of fields where strong communication and interpretive skills are required. Drawing on the humanities and the social sciences, students will learn to analyze, interpret, and create texts and other forms of communication that allow organizations to thrive in a global marketplace.

History and Political Science

The History and Political Science concentration in the American Studies program examines historical perspectives (both national and regional), along with political and public policy approaches, to shape a nuanced understanding of America, and its identity in a domestic and global context.

Contact Information:

Dr. Robert Bleil
Chair, Department of Arts & Humanities and Professor of English