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Mark Rice, Chair
American Studies courses give students the opportunity to better understand the cultures of the United States through the study of literature, arts, history, politics and social movements. Interdisciplinary by nature, American Studies encourages students to approach intellectual problems from a variety of perspectives and to understand that different disciplinary approaches can complement each other and may result in more creative answers to questions of both historical and contemporary interest.
The American Studies major offers a balanced educational experience that draws from various disciplines rooted in the humanities and social sciences. The major prepares students to live meaningful lives as informed citizens, aware of their rights and responsibilities in an increasingly complex global environment. The American Studies department supports and encourages majors to consider taking advantage of one of the many study abroad opportunities offered by the College.
Through the study of various dimensions of past and present American society and culture, American Studies majors:
The American Studies major provides both the content and the habits of mind necessary for successful, creative teaching. New York State approved American Studies as a content major for Childhood Education and for Adolescence Social Studies Teaching Certification.
American Studies graduates can find careers in a wide range of fields that depend on knowledge of American culture, as well as on the critical thinking and communication skills that are developed through the American Studies curriculum. American Studies graduates from St. John Fisher College have found work as newspaper reporters, as urban planners, as attorneys, in law enforcement, in corporate settings, and in the social services. Graduates have also continued their studies in graduate programs in American Studies and in related disciplines.
American Studies majors may avail themselves of The Washington Experience, a semester in Washington, D.C. Please refer to The Washington Experience for details.