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American Studies

Major in American Studies at Erskine!

The American Studies major is an interdisciplinary degree designed for students who want to understand the identity and significance of the United States of America. In this program, you will explore American history, politics, literature, religion, and culture. You will also develop your abilities in clear communication, critical analysis, and historical inquiry.

Graduates of the program are prepared to enter law school, graduate schools of history or political science, or careers in government or business.

Degree Details: American Studies

Within the major, you can focus your studies on specific areas of interest while gaining familiarity with the breadth of the American experience.

Study in Washington, D.C.

Many students spend a semester in Washington, D.C., where they participate in the American Studies Program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). While studying under the CCCU, you can concentrate your studies in either Public Policy or Strategic Communications.

Work with faculty to customize your studies

Students can work closely with faculty to develop a sequence of elective courses to fit their interests. For example, you could focus on the interaction of religion with U.S. government policy, examine the context that produced great American literature, or study the social effects of the War on Terror.

Sample courses you may take include:

  • History of Women in America
  • American Political Thought
  • The U.S. Presidency
  • Religion and Contemporary American Culture
  • The Contemporary American Novel
Dr. Matthew Cawvey, Assistant Professor Of Political Science

Matthew Cawvey

Assistant Professor of Political Science
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William B. Evans

Younts Professor of Bible and Religion
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Dr. John Harris, McDonald-Boswell Associate Professor Of History

John Harris

McDonald-Boswell Associate Professor of History
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