American philosophy and African-American literature. Modern American fiction and music in the United States. Catholic imagination and classical America. In our program, American studies means understanding the American experience through many lenses — art, literature, history, culture, politics, and social movements.
The American studies program at PC is interdisciplinary and diverse. It’s also intentionally flexible — making it a great complement to students interested in English, history, Black studies, political science, sociology, public and community service, business, and many other disciplines.
With us, you can follow the academic path that we set for you or create your own — by focusing on a single discipline or forming a new concentration. In our program, you literally control what you want to study. You can base your decisions on your future plans or plan according to your personal interests. Even better yet, you can do both.
When you graduate, you’ll be equipped with tangible skills that will help guide you through life after PC.
Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, associate professor of history and director of the American Studies Program, was recently interviewed by C-Span for its American History TV series. Johnson was interviewed at the 2016 meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Providence and talked about the rise and decline of socialism’s popularity in America.
Annual American Studies Forum
Elizabeth Hoover Lecture: Food Sovereignty and Food Justice Through American Indian Community Garden Projects
Francoise Hamlin Lecture: The Civil Rights Movement And Complicating Freedom
American Culture Award: Michelle Grasso
Highest in Concentration: Nally Scaturro
Congratulations, Michelle and Nally!
I entered PC undeclared, and I had a difficult time narrowing down my many interests into just one major. American Studies is a broad discipline that allowed me to branch out and not feel trapped into one major. At the same time, it also allowed me to find my passion of history. American Studies epitomizes the meaning of a liberal arts school. It helps shape students into well-rounded individuals and teaches skills that can be applied to any future career.