The goal of the American Studies Program is to foster a complex understanding of American cultures, providing students with the analytical tools necessary to examine the diversity of American identities and experiences within an interdisciplinary, transnational frame.
Coursework in American studies culminates in a unique interdisciplinary seminar, often team taught by professors in two different disciplines, on a special topic in American cultural life. Honors students in American studies complete a final project — usually a thesis, but creative work and field research projects are also possible — completed under the supervision of the program director.
Recent honors projects in American studies include:
- Women in the Jurisdictional Web: Exploring Legal Protection of Indian American Women In the US, Tracing Responses, and Advocating for Future Endeavors for Justice
- Unpacking Stereotypes: Corporate America’s Impact on the Homogenization of Rap Music
- No American Left Behind: An Analysis of Women’s Access to Education in U.S. Correctional Facilities
- “Almost Heaven?” Women and Food (In)Accessibility in Central Appalachia
American Studies Program
Doran Larson, Program Director
Clinton, NY 13323