This year’s American Studies graduating seniors presented their thesis research at Union College’s Charles Proteus Steinmetz Symposium held on May 7, 2010, a yearly event that showcases creative and scholarly research by Union Students. The American Studies session...Read More
American Studies major, Lisa Crawford, class of 2010, worked with History and American Studies Professor Andrea Foroughi on a 2009 summer research project in which she and Lily Marto, an American Studies minor, researched the history of domestic labor in America from 1800 to...Read More
American Studies major Jared Gourrier ’10 worked with archival material in Schaffer Library’s Special Collections to research the history of Moses Viney, a runaway slave who found refuge at Union College. College President Eliphalet Nott protected Viney, hired him...Read More
American Studies is a field of concentration in the liberal arts relating to the United States as a geographical area and a cultural and political space.
Students are asked to develop a coherent approach to the study of American culture, politics and society, past and present.
The American Studies major develops essentially the same skills as any other major in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, and therefore opens up similar career paths for life after Union. Recent graduates of the program have found positions in business, teaching and government service, and others have gone on to law school, M.B.A. programs, and M.A. and Ph.D. work in various disciplines, including history, literature, visual arts and American Studies.
The American Studies program offers an individualized program of study that allows each student to tailor course work to his or her own personal interests and needs. Students may choose to pursue a major, interdisciplinary (ID) or minor. The current Academic Register lists more than 90 courses that can fulfill the American Studies requirements.