American Studies provides a broad framework for the exploration of the people, places, society, and culture of the United States. The field accomplishes this by appropriating ideas and methodologies from one discipline and applying them to another, and by transcending established boundaries among disciplines to create a new structure that combines traditional values and new visions. The program incorporates fieldwork research experiences, collaborative exploration, and public presentation.
American Studies is a highly selective major requiring intellectual independence and maturity. If you wish to be considered for admission to the major, you must write a short essay explaining your goals, developing the six-course plan you will follow, and detailing the trajectory of your course of study.
After Kenyon: Amy Zimmerman '08
An American Studies major, Amy Zimmermann is now a senior account executive at Careerbuilder.com. See a sampling of what American Studies majors do after Kenyon.
"To Know Der, You Gotta Go Der: Gullah Culture on the Sea Islands
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Peter Rutkoff and Will Scott inaugurate "Kenyon Unique," a video lecture series featuring distinguished faculty members
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