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American Studies

You will explore U.S. civilization and culture across disciplines, in particular history and literature. You may find yourself looking at the U.S. in a way you hadn’t imagined, for instance from the perspective of art history, theatre, government or Africana studies.


Elliot Nathan '17

A student’s interdisciplinary route

Hosting a college radio show at 1 a.m., which is not exactly drive time, is fun for Elliot Nathan ’17 because he can play whatever he wants. Maybe there’s a parallel there with his American studies major. He first considered majoring in government, then English. When he discovered American studies, Nathan thought, “It seems like it would be great for me just through the combination of English, history – the ability to just take a variety of courses in a variety of departments and turn them into my own major and my own direction.” Turns out he was right about that. Nathan is still shaping the focus of his major but says it likely will involve identity and representation in American literature, cinema and television.

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Jack McManus '13 landed a job as arts editor at a Vermont newspaper.
Jack McManus '13 landed a job as arts editor at a Vermont newspaper.

A graduate’s progess: a job as an editor

Jack McManus ’13 was determined to be a music journalist but pretty much selected his courses at Hamilton College for the love of them. He majored in American studies and minored in medieval and Renaissance studies. Not long after he graduated, he became arts editor of the Bennington Banner newspaper in Vermont.

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