American Studies Mission Statement
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. As American Studies majors, students pursue a program of study that explores the values and beliefs that have shaped the experience of the American people.
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. The major is also built upon a commitment to civic engagement, public service and social stewardship though 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.
True to Stonehill’s broader mission, we seek to provide students the intellectual breath and critical tools necessary for creating a more just and compassionate world.