The American Studies major provides students with a multi-disciplinary and multicultural approach to the American experience. Through course work in literature, history, politics, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and media, the major provides students with the tools to understand and address many of the pressing issues facing American society in a global, highly interconnected world. It also requires students to create a five-course concentration in an external field.
The American Studies major prepares graduates for a variety of careers by developing critical skills for the contemporary workplace. It requires students to develop research, computer, and communications skills as well as an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. Students majoring in other fields may elect to take American Studies as a second major. Whatever their career goals, American Studies graduates will have the background and skills necessary to be effective and socially responsible professionals.
A required external field of five or more courses prepares students for future careers.
Chosen from one of Clarkson's many programs and departments, external fields may be in such defined pre-professional areas as pre-medicine, pre-law, pre-business, pre-physical therapy, psychology, or computer science; alternately, students may create their own external field, tailored to their specific career interests.