The American Studies major explores the values of the peoples of the United States and the Americas through cultural expressions—their history, art, folklore, politics, social mores, and literatures.
In American Studies, we emphasize an interdisciplinary perspective: drawing on traditions of thought and action from the humanities and social sciences and exploring diverse peoples, theories, methods, materials, texts, and resources.
The major probes assumptions about “nationalism,” investigates what it means to be “American,” and considers how national identities get expressed.
The interdisciplinary curriculum prepares students to be creative problem-solvers by incorporating many perspectives and using multiple tools for analysis. The variety of courses develops skills in critical thinking, research, writing across the disciplines, and the handling of diverse forms of evidence—skills vital for effective communication and decision-making in many professional contexts.
American Studies offers students opportunities to explore a wealth of careers as educators, historians, lawyers, doctors, politicians, business leaders, policy analysts, government and arts administrators, advocates, writers, editors, and information managers, to name but a few.
At Cabrini College, the American Studies major works especially well with a double-major in History, Political Science, Religious Studies, or English, as well as with majors in the professions of Education, Graphic Design, and Social Work.
The major includes specially designed introductory and upper-level courses taught by faculty committed to the use of wide-ranging and interdisciplinary sources in examining the American experience—the drama and diversity of America's past and present, as well as its values, habits, character, and forms of artistic expression.
Before graduation, students should take two of the following five classes as part of their core requirements: HIS 107, HIS 108, ENG 351, REL 221, or SOC 215.
Students must take HIS 109 Introduction to American Studies, HIS 336 Engaged Ethnography, and HIS 487 Historiography (or a major Capstone course in consultation with department chair). Students must take 18 credits from the list of courses below. At least 12 credits must be at the 300 level or above and students must select at least one course from each category.
Cultures of the Americas
American Stories, Beliefs, & Thoughts
Everyday Arts and Labor
*There is no minor in American Studies.
Special RequirementsA QPA of 2.33 (C+) is required in American Studies courses for the major.