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Director : Donald McQuade
The Interdisciplinary American Studies program takes as its subject the cultures that have developed in what is now the United States, understanding "American culture" as the interplay of material practices and the realm of ideas. It considers technology, economy, urbanism, and ecology, as well as literature, the arts, and political and geographic history. American Studies takes a particular interest in cultural hybridity, cultural layering, and in American culture exported abroad.
The goal of the Interdisciplinary American Studies program is to utilize the enormous and varied resources of the institution to teach students how to ask and answer scholarly questions, to formulate and undertake a focused interdisciplinary course of study, and to design and execute a substantial integrative research project. In doing this, we build upon several generations of scholars across disciplines who have advocated the critical study of race, class, gender, sexuality, and mass culture, as well as the examination of America as part of an increasingly globalized world. Read More
The Departmental Citation winner for 2013 for both American Studies and Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, for his thesis Eli wrote a historical paper, and wrote and directed a play based on that research. In his first year out of college, Eli continues to split his time between creative and intellectual pursuits, hoping they will never be too far apart. He is working as a teaching assistant in the American Studies program while getting local acting gigs. He has also co-founded a small theater group and begun work on his next play.
The Student Academic Advisor's job is to guide students and faculty as they navigate University, College, and Major Program policies. MacKenzie is an experienced educator who is available to serve as a sounding board for ideas and concerns as they arise.