American Studies

Overview

The American Studies minor builds on the tradition of an interdisciplinary field of study that promotes a broad humanistic understanding of American culture, past and present. By incorporating economics, history, literature, sociology, art history, anthropology, ethnic studies and public policy (among other areas), this minor encourages students and faculty within those fields to exchange ideas on scholarship as it relates to the American experience. In addition, the American Studies minor seeks to move beyond traditional limitations of American Studies, by allowing students to take relevant courses in engineering or the natural sciences. Inclusion of these courses is based on the rationale that cultural practices often stem from our understanding of and research in those sciences.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the American Studies minor, students will:

  1. Analyze themes in American culture (past and present) and raise insightful questions from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  2. Name, understand, and apply interdisciplinary theories and methods to contemporary scenarios.
  3. Use professional written and oral communication.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of American Studies as a field, including current and emerging issues in the discipline.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the political and historical dimensions of culture and demonstrate this skill in essay and/or exam formats.