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​American Studies

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.

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Student View​: Michelle Desjardins '17

1michelleams.gifI entered PC undeclared, and I had a difficult time narrowing down my many interests into just one major. American Studies is such a broad discipline that allowed me to branch out and not feel trapped into one major. At the same time, it also drew me to find my passion of History. The American Studies program fits effortlessly into the course load of other majors.

American Studies truly epitomizes the meaning of a Liberal Arts school. The major encourages students to study, not just one subject, but a creatively knit interdisciplinary program. American Studies helps shape students into well-rounded individuals. The skills taught in the American Studies program can be applied to any future career.

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Dr. Tuire Valkeakari
Interim Director of American Studies (2015-16)
Associate Professor of English
Ruane Center for the Humanities LL17

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