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​American Studies

American studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the history, literature, culture, and institutions that make up the American experience.  This flexible course of study allows individuals to design their programs according to their own needs and interests.  Students may concentrate their American studies electives within a single traditional discipline, or they may form a new synthesis by choosing from among the more than 80 courses designated as American studies electives.  This program seeks to develop students' power of analysis, responsiveness, expression, and computation. 

Career possibilities for American studies majors:

  • lawyer
  • administrator
  • teacher
  • government official
  • journalist
  • civil service
  • communications

The Major

A major is offered in American studies which leads to the bachelor of arts degree.

For a listing of course descriptions and degree requirements, please see the course catalog.

Bachelor of Arts

The Faculty

Rev. Jon A. Alexander, O.P., Ph.D. (History)
Joseph P. Cammarano, Ph.D. (Political Science)
Suzanne J. Fournier, Ph.D. (English)
Richard J. Grace, Ph.D. (History)
Bruce E. Graver, Ph.D. (English)
Rev. Kenneth Gumbert, O.P., M.F.A. (Theatre, Dance, and Film)
Eric L. Hirsch, Ph.D. (Sociology)
Deborah J. Johnson, Ph.D. (Art & Art History)
Jeffrey A. Johnson, Ph.D. (History), Director
John M. Lawless, Ph.D. (History)
Margaret Manchester, Ph.D. (History)
Keith Morton, Ph.D. (English/Public & Community Service Studies)
Ann W. Norton, Ph.D. (Art & Art History)
Margaret K. Reid, Ph.D. (English)
Josephine A. Ruggiero, Ph.D. (Sociology)



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Phone: 401-865-1784
Fax: 401-865-2057
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