The American studies program prepares students to thrive in diverse settings—museums and archives, educational institutions, governmental and public policy agencies, and law schools and M.A. and Ph.D. programs in myriad fields.
Hands-on learning and field experiences are embedded in courses such as American Architecture (AMST 308N), Museum Studies (AMST 480) and Public Heritage Practices (AMST 482). Many students undertake internships at local and national museums, archives, and governmental organizations to expand their experiences and hone career choices.
Wide-ranging course offerings appeal to a range of interests and specialties and foster active learning. During the first two years, students take introductory courses such as Introduction to American Studies (AMST 100) and Women and the American Experience (AMST 104). During their third and fourth years, they take upper level courses as varied as American Women Writers (AMST 476) and The Cold War (AMST 405). The research- and writing-intensive 491W, which students take twice, covers topics such as “Daily Life in America” and “American Cool.”
For course descriptions and requirements, see the University Bulletin.