It was the perfect day for an outdoor graduation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as almost 400 St. Francis College students and thousands of friends and family celebrated the College's Spring 2017 Commencement, Wednesday, May 24.
A Variety of Perspectives on our Common Culture
Cultural knowledge is your passport to the future.When you learn about America you really are learning about the entire world.
The American Studies Minor takes you on a journey through the variety of cultures and ethnicities that all come together to create our unique society. Your courses will teach you how to understand and think critically about this interconnected web of culture. That cultural knowledge is your passport to the future.
The American Studies Minor consists of 6 classes (18 credits); two courses are required, four are electives.
All courses are interdisciplinary and newly developed for this program.
- Introduction to American Studies
- Commemorative Practices in the U.S.
- Law in U.S. Culture
- Latinos in the Americas
- History of Science and Medicine
- Popular Music America in the 1940s
- American Philosophy
- Walt Whitman’s America
- Culture Change in Corporate America
- Crime, Justice, and American Fiction
- American Culture History
- The Art of Social Change
- Public History
- The Atlantic World
- Capstone Seminar
The American Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program bringing together the methods and insights of many departments to give the SFC student a complex, rich and sophisticated understanding of American culture as well as the context for understanding America’s interactions with the larger world.We are an extremely diverse community in one of the most lively and diverse cities in America.
We are an extremely diverse community in one of the most lively and diverse cities in American. This program focuses on the complex culture created by such diversity and energy and will connect the classroom to the larger world by helping students learn ways to think critically about the culture around them; American Studies offers a dynamic way of exploring our world by using multiple disciplines to form a more sophisticated and useful understanding of American culture.
The program gives students a “stand out” addition to their transcript and resume.
The rain washed out a night of New York Mets baseball April 25, but there was no stopping Dr. John Sexton from delivering his talk, Baseball as a Road to God, at a special St. Francis College presentation at Citi Field, hosted by Mets Owner Fred Wilpon.
St. Francis College hosted Professor of History Joseph Dorinson (LIU) for a talk on the legacy of Jackie Robinson on April 5, 2017, nearly 70 years after Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
St. Francis College Scholar in Residence Frd Siegel hosed a spirited discussion on The Future of Liberalism with former state assemblyman Richard Brodsky, and political consultant Rich Helgason March 29, 2017.
St. Francis College welcomed immigration law attorney Susan Henner on March 9, 2017 to discuss what's really happening in the courts and and on the ground since President Trump signed his travel executive orders.
The spirit moved civil rights pioneer Bernard LaFayette to end his talk at St. Francis College on February 21, 2017 with a song. From original Freedom Rider with now Congressman John Lewis, to a close confidant and organizer with Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernard LaFayette has spent his lifetime fighting for justice and equality through non-violence.
- Develop skills of critical thinking, effective oral and written communication, and research.
- Endorse interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary learning in order to give students a complex understanding of American culture and expose them to historical, artistic, literary, social, political, and economic perspectives.
- Examine the city as a “text” or platform for encountering, critiquing and engaging American culture.
- Promote cultural events that support an appreciation for the complexity of American culture and America in a global context.