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American Studies
American studies has evolved as a field in response to a growing recognition by both academics and professionals of the need for the educated public to understand our variegated, heterogeneous culture in more complex and inclusive ways. It is easier to understand the literature of this country if you know something about political and social history. It is easier to understand political and social history if you know something about the development of religious sects and doctrines. It is easier to understand government if you know something about the relations between race, class, gender, and power. It is easier to understand policy making if you understand the economics and politics of mass communication—and so on. An understanding of any area of collective life modifies our understanding of all other areas.

This major is designed to address recurrent issues in American life from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including some cross-cultural comparisons that help us to understand some of the ways in which the United States has affected and been affected by its neighbors to the north and south—Canada and Latin America. To give focus to their studies, majors choose a concentration that determines the major and minor sequence of courses.

The American Studies Program provides a good basis for careers in law, education, government, business, urban development, and communications.

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Last Updated: 3/17/14