America is not just a country. It is an idea, a myth, and a symbol to the world. It is often thought of as the grand experiment in its democratic principles and cultural complexity. Rich, multifaceted, and vast—there is only one way to tackle this monumental subject—through the many-sided prism of multiple disciplines.
With the American studies degree program at Nazareth College, students choose from a wide range of courses that view American ideas and people within the context of history, the humanities, and the social sciences. The history of social science in America, the American presidency, U.S. constitutional history, the Vietnam War, American art and literature—these are just a few of the courses students may integrate into their degree.
At the heart of the American studies major is the senior seminar—an immersive experience where students delve into a period or theme of their choice (such as the Gilded Age, the Reform Movement, or the 1960s.) They then write a thesis paper and defend their work in an oral presentation.
Education: B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Boston College; Ph.D., Boston College
Teaching and Research Interests: Exploring the nature of the human being through a philosophical analysis of the concept of life. In particular, the problem of language, the role it plays in human life, and how language relates to the structure of the human being.
Nazareth also offers a master's in American studies, with an exciting study abroad opportunity at the Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Pannonia in Veszprém, Hungary.