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American Studies

American Studies

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

Degree Details

Within the American studies major, you can focus your studies on specific areas of interest. 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 Global Development.

Other students 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 American Military History, History of Women in America, American Political Thought, The U.S. Presidency, Religion and Contemporary American Culture, and The Contemporary American Novel.


William B. Evans

Younts Professor of Bible and Religion
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