American Studies Major

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Alumni Spotlight

Katherine Peter '21

Majors: American Studies, History

Minor: Political Science

Career: Peter is working on her master’s in public and applied history at American University.

American Studies Major

Why study American studies at Geneseo?

An interdisciplinary program, American studies offers a wide range of courses that develop the analytical, research, and communication skills necessary for success in a variety of fields.

The major integrates materials, themes, and approaches from diverse areas of study, including history, literature, political science, sociology, communication, film and media, gender and sexuality, African American studies, and Native American studies. It allows students to explore transnational, cross-cultural, and comparative perspectives of the United States.


Students get a broad grounding in the study of the United States as well as the flexibility to pursue their own intellectual interests and goals.

American studies is an excellent choice for students interested in graduate school. Programs in law, museum studies, library science, and other graduate fields desire well-rounded and capable applicants.

Program Options

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Program Highlights

  • Because of the major’s interdisciplinary approach to American culture, students have substantial flexibility in creating their own collegiate experience.
  • Many of the college’s General Education requirements can be fulfilled while simultaneously completing the American studies minor.
  • American studies can accommodate a double major and enhance proficiency in complementary disciplines, such as English, communication, history, and political science.

Example Career Fields

  • Academia
  • Education
  • Government
  • Library Sciences
  • Law
  • Media
  • Museum Management
  • Social Activism

Recent Grad Schools

  • American University
  • University of Buffalo

Contact Info

Caroline Woidat, Program Coordinator
Welles Hall 228A

American Studies

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