What does it mean to be American? How do Americans form and express identity? While American studies delves into the political founding and social complexities of this nation, it also explores the impact of diversity in art, entertainment, and literature.
Why American Studies at Sewanee?
American studies is an interdisciplinary major that fosters an understanding of past and present American culture. Typically, you’ll study from the fields of history, literature, anthropology, politics, religion, and art history. The junior seminar for majors will introduce you to important methodological and theoretical problems in the study of American culture.
You’ll be able to make cultural comparisons with older civilizations and identify both the similarities to and differences from American culture. Explore the varied traditions, perspectives, and institutions that combine to make America what it is today.
First Destinations: American Studies Majors
Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others, are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first job.
- Internal production assistant, Above Average Productions, New York City, New York.
- Interpretive ranger, Student Conservation Association, Charlestown, New Hampshire.
- Lead singer/artist, Boy Named Banjo, Nashville, Tennessee.
- Americorps member, City Year, Washington, D.C.
- Alumni coordinator, Episcopal High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.