What is American Studies?
The Minor in American Studies is an innovative interdisciplinary
program that lets students bring together their courses on the
United States and emerge with a broad range of academic and
professional skills. The courses for the 18 credit minor are
drawn from three areas of expertise — the humanities, the social
sciences, and art and media — that together are essential to the
study of the United States, past, present, and future. With an
American Studies minor, students gain not only a stronger
understanding of our country as we find it but the vision and
expertise that will help them to change it.
American Studies faculty are drawn from eleven academic disciplines
— Communication Science Disorders, English, Environmental
Studies, Fine Arts, History, Geography, Government, Music,
Philosophy, Rhetoric/Communication/Theater, and
Theology. This range of disciplines gives the
American Studies minor unparalleled flexibility and versatility.
Chances are you are already taking courses in American Studies! In
addition, American Studies minors choose a course in their senior
year that develops and maximizes their problem-solving skills in
real world settings.
American Studies, the first and most well-established
interdisciplinary field in the United States, is recognized as a
vital component of vocational preparation for students considering
careers in government, administration, public policy, business, and
education, management, and