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George Sirgiovanni, Ph.D.
Chairperson
Professor of History

Phone: (973) 290-4305
Email: gsirgiovanni@cse.edu
Office: Santa Maria Hall - Room 29

American Studies

Program Overview

The American Studies Program seeks to broaden and deepen students' knowledge about the American Experience from colonial to present times. Employing a multidisciplinary approach, students in this Program examine the historical, literary, political, spiritual, social, and aesthetic identities and achievements of the American people across the generations. In so doing, students should be inspired to develop and maintain an intellectual curiosity that will augment their future professional success and personal development.

Flowing from the Mission of the College of Saint Elizabeth, the Mission of the American Studies Program is to provide a multidisciplinary curriculum that fosters students' understanding of the history, culture, institutions, and diversity of the United States of America and its peoples, in the expectation that this knowledge will enhance students' comprehension of America's present and future opportunities, challenges, and identity.

Outcomes

  • Acquire a broad-based, multi-disciplinary knowledge of American life and culture, past and present.
  • Develop the analytical-reasoning skills required to understand and evaluate complex material about past and present American life and culture, emanating from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
  • Acquire the skills needed to research, organize, and write substantive papers on topics pertinent to the study of American life and culture, past and present.
  • Develop the oral-communication skills required to discuss and verbally interpret and appraise subject matter pertinent to the study of American life and culture, past and present.
  • Apply the skills gained from the American Studies Major in successful ways to other contexts, including graduate school, employment, and everyday life situations.

Graduates

With the range of skills they acquire, students in the American Studies program acquire broad preparation for a variety of professional endeavors.

These include:

  • Elementary school teaching
  • Law
  • Government service
  • Journalism
  • Corporate employment

Requirements

Minor in American Studies

The American Studies Minor consists of 18 credits, to be completed by taking the following courses:

  • AMST 100 Introduction to American Studies (2)
  • HIS 100 Survey of American History (4)

The remaining 12 credits are to be taken in one of two Concentrations: Culture and Humanities, or Human and Social Development. With the help of their advisor, American Studies minors will choose a Concentration and will select courses of interest within it whose content emphasizes key aspects of life in the United States, past or present.

Selected coursework must be drawn from at least two subjects, and at least one 300-level course must be taken toward the American Studies minor.

Course Listing

Course Level: 1

AMST-101
Intro to American Studies*
Credit Hours: 2

This course introduces students to a diverse range of perspectives on American Studies. Using a variety of readings and other source material, including films, students examine key aspects of American society and culture over the course of time. In the process, students become acquainted with the value and vitality of the interdisciplinary approach central to the field of American Studies.

Course Level: 3

AMST-305
American Studies JR Sem
Credit Hours: 2

This course encourages junior-year American Studies majors to extend, deepen, and amplify their understanding of U.S. life, institutions, and culture, while integrating the interdisciplinary perspectives they have acquired from prior coursework. This will be accomplished through a series of readings, drawn from both subjects within the chosen Concentrations, and through writing assignments developed to accommodate and support each student?s strongest subjects of academic interest. Prerequisites: AMST 101 and junior status.

AMST-310
Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1

This course provides the student with two options. For some students, the Independent Study consists of a carefully supervised reading and research project, appropriate for the American Studies major. Typically, this option will be taken by American Studies students enrolled in CSE?s Honors Program. The second option enables students to obtain academic credits for an appropriate educational experience beyond the CSE campus. Such off-campus academic experiences vary and are done in accord with the individual student?s interests, motivation, and aspirations. Typical experiences consist of extended field trips, academic workshops, projects, or other co-curricular activities. Students will submit a required paper reflecting on what their off-campus academic experience has taught them about American life, society, values, and/or culture. All such off-campus academic experiences must be approved in advance by the appropriate Area Chairperson . Only this type of Independent Study, involving an approved off-campus academic experience, can be substituted for the Internship in the American Studies major program. Prerequisites: AMST 101 -and junior status Can be taken for 1 - 4 credits.

Course Level: 4

AMST-467
American Studies Capstone Experience
Credit Hours: 2

This culminating course for senior-year American Studies Majors consists of intensive readings, research, discussion, and analysis of a selected topic, theme, or time period. Perspectives from both of the American Studies major?s subjects within her chosen concentration will be included in the readings and subject matter. Additionally, Seminar students will complete a substantial research paper, using some primary source material, on an approved topic. At the conclusion of the Seminar, students will give oral presentations on their paper topics. Prerequisites: AMST 101, AMST 305 and senior status.

AMST-495
Internship
Credit Hours: 2

This course introduces students to a diverse range of perspectives on American Studies. Using a variety of readings and other source material, including films, students examine key aspects of American society and culture over the course of time. In the process, students become acquainted with the value and vitality of the interdisciplinary approach central to the field of American Studies.

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