The American studies certificate seeks to explore competing ideals and values that frame perceptions of American identity. Students engage with, and analyze the various ways in which citizens and international observers view the American experience. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, students develop their understanding of important political and social issues, cultural trends, and historical periods in the United States. Students strengthen their critical thinking skills through close reading and analysis of materials such as art, literature, music, and popular culture. They improve their writing and communication skills through discussion, written analyses, and presentations. Finally, they develop research skills through independent research projects.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the competing ideals that form the ethos of the United States.
- Demonstrate an ability to think critically and draw connections between changing American values and the expression of those values in our politics and culture.
- Demonstrate cultural literacy through familiarization with classic works of American art, literature, and music.
- Synthesize information effectively in forming oral and written arguments about interdisciplinary topics related to American Studies.
- Conduct independent research in the field of American Studies.