True to the Liberal Arts tradition, Stonehill American Studies majors have the opportunity to draw upon the strengths of faculty in several departments, typically taking courses in History, English, Sociology, Communications, Political Science, Economics, Fine Arts and Religion among others. The wide range of courses enables students to explore ideas and concepts across several disciplines and methodologies.
Engendering a desire to help shape the world
At Stonehill, the American Studies major is built upon our belief that the study of American society and culture allows students to develop skills in critical inquiry, communication, cultural knowledge and self-reflection that in turn engender students’ desire to shape the world beyond their classroom.
Through exploring “what is America?” and “who are Americans?” students will have the opportunity to position themselves as products as well as shapers of American culture.
A commitment to civic engagement and social stewardship
The major is also built upon a commitment to civic engagement, public service and social stewardship through internships, student teaching and community partnerships. Faculty members work with students individually, helping them to create a program of study according to their interests and goals. A major in American Studies is sometimes paired with another major such as History, Education, Political Science, Fine Arts or Communication. Faculty members work with students individually, helping them to create a program of study according to their interests and goals.
American Studies Steering Committee
- Elizabeth Belanger, History
- Linzy Brekke-Aloise, History
- Corey Dolgon, Sociology
- Todd Gernes, History
- Shane Maddock, History
- Akira Motomura, Economics
- Robert R. Rodgers, Political Science
- John Rodrigue, History
- Laura Scales, English