Engage with the oldest multifaceted major at F&M. As a student of American Studies, you’ll enjoy a true liberal arts experience, exploring several disciplines to develop analytical skills and critical judgment and to examine the range and diversity of American experiences, identities and communities.
American Studies is one of the most comprehensive majors at F&M. Unlike traditional majors, American Studies allows you to combine and cross academic fields in your study of American culture, past and present. You’ll explore a rich array of courses drawn from nine academic departments beyond American Studies, including history; religious studies; art; music; Africana Studies; women’s, gender and sexuality studies; and more. Through independent and collaborative research, you’ll examine the core narratives of the United States, as well as the diversity of American social and cultural life, all while sharpening your ability to read critically, articulate ideas clearly, conduct research, and write effectively.
By the time you graduate, you will:
Wondering what American Studies classes are like? Peruse at our course catalog to see the depth and breadth of what’s available to you. [link to course catalog]
Meet the engaged, accomplished and inspiring faculty and staff in the American Studies team. [link to department directory page]
Your work in American Studies will extend far outside the classroom. The department has a long tradition of encouraging students’ intellectual growth through research, off-campus study, independent research and more. Our goal is to provide close supervision and mentoring to students in the classroom and around the world.
Do you want to research Lancaster’s Civil Rights Movement? Or examine the complex intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality and citizenship? You can at F&M. As you dive into all that American Studies has to offer, you’ll discover areas or ideas you want to further explore. The good news? You won’t have to wait until graduate school to launch your investigation. Every student at F&M has extraordinary opportunities to engage in independent or faculty-led research.
Internships allow you to explore fields and job functions of interest, building your portfolio while shaping and inspiring your path in both expected and unexpected ways. Recent American Studies majors have secured internships with:
Learn more about internships at F&M.
At F&M, you’ll find extraordinary opportunities to study abroad. Our American Studies majors have studied in Australia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Scotland, South Africa and Spain in recent years. You, too, can make study abroad integral to your experiences and research. Learn more about off-campus study at F&M.
By majoring in American Studies at F&M, you’ll gain a holistic outlook that provides a strong background in critical thinking, analysis, writing and public presentation — skills in high demand in any post-graduate pursuit.
Many of our majors choose to pursue graduate school after F&M, with a significant number enrolling in law school. Our graduates have completed their advanced degrees at the best universities, including:
American Studies graduates build an invaluable foundation for an eclectic range of careers. They find success in education, law, government, marketing, and more, and hold positions such as: