American Studies

A Variety of Perspectives on our Common Culture

Overview

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.

Courses Include:

  • 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

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in our Course Catalogue

Co-Director Athena Devlin
Co-Director Jennifer Wingate

Courses and Program Info

Mission

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.

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Faculty

Athena Devlin

Athena Devlin

Associate Professor
English, American Studies
Barbara Edington

Barbara Edington

Center of Excellence in Project Management Chairperson, Professor with Tenure
Management & Information Technology, American Studies, Project Management
Wendy Galgan

Wendy Galgan

Department Chairperson, Associate Professor, Co-Director for the Women's Center/Women's Studies Minor, Director, Women’s Poetry Initiative
Women's Studies, English, American Studies
Sara Haviland

Sara Haviland

Assistant Professor
Women's Studies, Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies, American Studies
Ian Maloney

Ian Maloney

Associate Professor
English, American Studies, Honors
Sintia Molina

Sintia Molina

Associate Professor
American Studies, Foreign Languages, Fine Arts, and International Cultural Studies, Spanish
Nickie Phillips

Nickie Phillips

Associate Professor
Sociology & Criminal Justice, American Studies
Eric Platt

Eric Platt

Department Chair
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies, American Studies
Miriam Salholz

Miriam Salholz

Associate Professor
Accounting & Business Law, Sports Management, American Studies, Honors
Scott Weiss

Scott Weiss

Associate Professor
Communication Arts, American Studies
Jennifer Wingate

Jennifer Wingate

Associate Professor
American Studies, Foreign Languages, Fine Arts, and International Cultural Studies

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Goals & Objectives

  • 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.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in our Course Catalogue