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Committee on American Studies: Martin Burke (Carman Hall, Room 202B) and Earl Fendelman
American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that investigates the content and meaning of American culture. Students selecting this course of study will acquire a broad picture of American experience from colonial times to the present day, together with the methodological techniques required for analysis of primary materials. Students will study widely in history, literature, the arts, and the social sciences, exploring the theoretical constructs and substantive interpretations of the various disciplines that examine American life. They will apply these contributions to specific content areas of the American experience, seeking to develop a systematic method to explain and evaluate American culture. In consultation with a member of the American Studies Committee, each student will formulate an individual program of study, without reference to traditional departmental fields. The program thus offers the opportunity to investigate those features of American culture that match student interests. Special courses emphasizing research and critical thought, such as seminars and tutorials taught by participating faculty, will be provided to synthesize the work of each student in the major. Students completing the American Studies Program will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies and will be prepared for graduate study.
Students selecting the major in American Studies must meet the following requirements:
- Completion of courses in the following distribution areas: historical studies, comparative cultures, and social sciences.
- Completion of at least 60 credits at the time formal work in the program begins. It is anticipated that students will declare the selection of the American Studies major at the end of the sophomore year. Prior to this point, the Committee on American Studies will be available to advise prospective candidates for the program.
- A cumulative grade index of not less than 2.5 for the first 60 credits.
- Approval of the Committee on American Studies.
The Committee on American Studies shall have at its discretion the option of waiving under unusual circumstances any of these requirements.
Each semester the Committee on American Studies will advise students in the program of the appropriate courses to be offered in the ensuing semester by departments participating in the program, as well as courses to be offered by the American Studies Program. Each student majoring in American Studies must receive the Committee's approval before registering for any course to be credited toward the major.
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