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American Studies

Study American Culture and History

As a cross-discipline program of study, American Studies enables students to survey the history, society, political and economic systems, cultural products, and trends found in the United States in historical and current contexts.

School of Humanities, Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Programs of Study

American Studies

Associate of Arts (MAA492)

American Studies examines the American experience from the colonial period of the United States to the present. Students will study, interpret, and evaluate events, cultural products, and trends in American economic, political, and social history as well as in American architecture, art, literature, music, religion, and they will evaluate questions to which there are multiple plausible interpretations. Students pursuing the program in American Studies will enhance their skills in critical thinking and both oral and written communication.

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Why choose American Studies?

The American Studies program prepares students for further study English literature, history, political science, and sociology at a four-year baccalaureate institution and provides an excellent foundation for students interested in administration, communications, law, public service, and teaching.

What You'll Learn

  • How to critically analyze the history, culture, politics and society of the United States.
  • How to interpret American history, culture, politics and society orally and in written form.
  • How to understand of a range of academic disciplines around a core of American history, culture, politics and society.
  • How to describe and analyze of the diversity of the American people as a society of immigrants developing national traditions and culture.

Career Options

  • Teacher or Professor
  • Sociologist
  • Historian
  • Museum worker
  • Journalist
  • Civil servant