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Elie Wiesel Professor of Humane Letters

Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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American Studies

American Studies

Welcome to American Studies

American Studies is a broad, interdisciplinary major in American civilization that focuses upon American experience and identity, past and present, using the methods and approaches of a variety of academic disciplines, as well as the distinctive cultural perspective of American Studies.

At Eckerd College, the program is built around the core disciplines of history, literature, and political science. In order to allow students to shape their courses of study to their own intellectual goals, the major may also include courses in diverse fields such as philosophy, religion, art, economics, communication, women's and gender studies, and sociology, provided that the courses are related to understanding the society and culture of the United States. Each student's program should form a consistent pattern of courses in American culture and institutions.

You will find information about our program, faculty, and students on these pages. If you are interested in a major or minor in American Studies, please contact Professor Carolyn Johnston. We will be happy to meet with you to discuss the exciting possibilities in the American Studies Program.

Life After Eckerd

Students planning on attending graduate school will find American Studies provides suitable preparation for graduate programs in both the humanities and social sciences, as well as cultural studies programs. It is a well-favored major for law school admissions and MBA programs.