American Studies

This comprehensive survey of American culture not only explores American history and literature, but also incorporates anthropology, political science, religion, and art. In the Junior Seminar, students gain highly transferable theoretical and methodological skills necessary for understanding American culture and conducting independent research. Majors complete an independent research project, assembled from at least two disciplines of their choosing, during the first semester of senior year. A track in Africana and African American studies provides a focused study of the importance of race and of the experiences of people of African descent in the development of American society.

News

Courtney Thompson Joins Faculty
May 13, 2015
Courtney Thompson earned her BA in English from Hampton University and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University. She will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies in the fall.
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Eighteen majors graduate at 2014 Commencement
May 20, 2014
Eleven biochemistry and seven chemistry majors were awarded bachelors degrees at the University’s Commencement on May 11, 2014.
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