American Studies

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American Studies is a four-course concentration for students in any major. The program combines the perspectives of many disciplines to examine American life, history, and culture, and to consider the relationship between the United States and the world. American Studies encourages thoughtful reflection, and is useful for both Americans and international students wishing to study American culture and traditions more deeply.

As an interdisciplinary program that includes courses in several departments, American Studies examines both majority and minority perspectives in American life, as well as America’s place in the world, and provides a helpful background for students preparing for careers in law, government, writing, the arts, international affairs, education, and others.

The concentration requires three courses from an affiliated course list, and the fourth course is AMS 300: American Studies Seminar, which is generally offered every spring in odd-numbered years. Additional course information is available in the College Catalog.

American Studies Faculty

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History Department Chair

Victoria D. List, Ph.D.

Victoria D. List, Ph.D. is a professor and chair of the Department of History at Washington & Jefferson College.

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English Department Chair

Tara Robbins Fee, Ph.D.

Tara Robbins Fee, Ph.D. is an associate professor and the Chair of the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College.

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