American Studies BA

Drawing on the resources of many academic departments, American studies investigates the complex culture of the United States from several different perspectives — its history, political institutions, literature and art — uncovering important connections that emerge when cultural topics are discussed across disciplinary categories.

Overview

The program combines interdisciplinary courses from the departments of anthropology, art, economics, English and creative writing, history, music, philosophy, political science and sociology. With guidance from your faculty advisor, the program can be tailored to your interests, and culminates with a senior seminar concentrating on some aspect or period of American life.

Because of the interdisciplinary approach, students can intern in a variety of fields ranging from museums to publishers to government agencies. The city of Oswego’s rich history as a center for trade, commerce and military defense makes SUNY Oswego the perfect place to study this topic. Oswego historic attractions include Fort Ontario, a key installation in early wars; the Safe Haven Museum, commemorating a one-of-its-kind shelter for Jewish and other refugees fleeing Europe during World War II; and connections with the Underground Railroad.

Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts

Outcomes

  • Understanding of the history of American Studies, the methods and materials of the disciplines that contribute to field, and the contemporary issues that shape and drive it
  • Awareness of and appreciation for the diverse cultures that constitute American and their convergence
  • Familiarity with the modes of expression of these cultures and of their interplay
  • Awareness of the role civic engagement plays in shaping community.

Career Opportunities

  • Legislative analyst
  • Policy adviser
  • Correspondent
  • Journalist
  • Historian
  • Public relations specialist

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