American Studies is a genuinely cross-disciplinary degree designed for students who want to explore the identity and significance of the United States of America.
The American Studies major develops the student’s understanding of the history, political distinctiveness, religious values, and cultural expressions of America. The major develops the key skills of historical inquiry, critical analysis, and clear communication.
Entering students take core courses in American history and literature, political science, and religion. Students may choose the Public Policy Track or the Global Development Track.
Working with faculty, each student then custom-designs a sequence of elective courses according to their interests. For example, students may focus on the interaction of religion with U.S. government policy, what context produced great American literature, or the social effects of the War on Terror.
Sample courses taken by American Studies students include American Military History, History of Women in America, American Political Thought, The U.S. Presidency, The Contemporary American Novel, Religion and Contemporary American Culture, and The American Character.
Many students also spend an exciting semester in Washington, D.C., where they participate in the American Studies Program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
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.