American Studies Major

American Studies is a broad interdisciplinary major in which students explore the people, places and cultural artifacts of the United States.

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.

“American Studies truly completed my experience. The perspectives I gained have all contributed to the connection I share with my diverse group of fifth-graders.”
Brittany Montano ’11 a teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Hartford, Connecticut

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 in American Studies 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.