Why American Studies at Eckerd?

Broad and interdisciplinary

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.

Built on core disciplines

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, film studies, music, communication, and women’s and gender studies, 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.