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American Studies

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​American philosophy and African-American literature. Modern American fiction and music in the United States. Catholic imagination and classical America. In our program, American studies means understanding the American experience through many lenses — art, literature, history, culture, politics, and social movements. 

The American studies program at PC is interdisciplinary and diverse. It’s also intentionally flexible — making it a great complement to students interested in English, history, Black studies, political science, sociology, public and community service, business, and many other disciplines.

With us, you can follow the academic path that we set for you or create your own — by focusing on a single discipline or forming a new concentration. In our program, you literally control what you want to study. You can base your decisions on your future plans or plan according to your personal interests. Even better yet, you can do both. 

When you graduate, you’ll be equipped with tangible skills that will help guide you through life after PC.

​In the News

​Dr. Jeffrey Johnson​, associate professor of history and director of the American Studies Program, was recently interviewed​ by C-Span​ for its American History TV series. Johnson was interviewed at the 2016 meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Providence and talked about the rise and decline of socialism’s popularity in America. ​

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson being interviewed on CSPAN

​2016 American Studies Prize Winners

  • American Culture Award: Michelle Grasso
  • Highest in Concentration​: Nally Scaturro

​Congratulations, Michelle and Nally!​​

​Student View​: Michelle Desjardins '17

a portrait of Michelle Desjardins wearing a blue shirt​​I entered PC undeclared, and I had a difficult time narrowing down my many interests into just one major. American Studies is a broad discipline that allowed me to branch out and not feel trapped into one major. At the same time, it also allowed me to find my p​assion of history. American Studies epitomizes the meaning of a liberal arts school. It helps shape students into well-rounded individuals and teac​hes skills that can be applied to any future career.​​