American Studies

Satisfy the core requirements of the English major while exploring the many voices that make up American literatures.

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Program Highlights

The American Studies minor examines the peoples, societies and cultures that have developed in what is now the United States. As a student, you will analyze and interpret the nation’s past and present with the goal of attaining the following learning outcomes:  

  • Advanced literacy
  • Knowledge of literary forms and concepts
  • Digital and multimedia application 
  • Awareness of historical and cultural contexts 

Career Paths

Students who minor in American Studies develop skills useful in fields such as:

  • Academia
  • Government and policy work
  • Mass media
  • Professional schools (law, medicine, business)
  • Social work
  • Civil service
  • Journalism
  • Social welfare

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Faculty and Staff

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Carlos Rodriguez, MA

Assistant Professor of English
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Leslie Ross, PhD

Professor and Chair of Art History and Visual Studies
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Jordan Lieser, PhD

Associate Professor, History La Vida Dominican Postbaccalaureate Assistant Director
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager
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