American Studies Program

American Studies is an interdisciplinary endeavor to better understand the American nation, its cultures and the diverse histories of its peoples and communities. This broad approach helps students develop not only a deep understanding of contemporary America and its place in the world, but also skills in critical inquiry, communication, cultural knowledge and self-reflection that in turn engender a desire to advance social justice. 

At Stonehill, the American Studies major draws on the strength of faculty in several departments: history, English, sociology, communication, political science, economics, arts and religious studies, among others. It often serves as a popular, practical and enriching double major choice for students in education, English, political science, or business.

“American Studies truly completed my Stonehill 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

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, arts or communication. Faculty members work with students individually, helping them to create a program of study according to their interests and goals.


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