Mark Rice, Chair

Stephen Brauer, Jennifer Rossi

American studies courses give students the opportunity to better understand the cultures of the United States through the study of literature, arts, history, politics and social movements. American studies encourages students to approach intellectual problems from a variety of perspectives and to understand that different disciplinary approaches can complement each other and may result in more creative answers to questions of both historical and contemporary interest.

The American studies major offers a balanced educational experience in the humanities and social sciences. The major prepares students to live meaningful lives as informed citizens, aware of their rights and responsibilities in an increasingly complex global environment. The American studies department supports and encourages majors to consider taking advantage of one of the many study abroad opportunities offered by the College.

Through the study of various dimensions of past and present American society and culture, American studies majors:

  • Understand interdisciplinary approaches to the study of American culture.
  • Develop the ability to conduct research in areas in the general scope of American studies and communicate the results of such research.
  • Become qualified and prepared for advanced study in American studies and related fields, as well as for careers in professions such as education, law, public administration, and business.

Teaching Certification

The American studies major provides both the content and the habits of mind necessary for students to become dynamic teachers. American studies is an approved content major for inclusive childhood education and for adolescence social studies teaching certification.

Career Opportunities

American studies graduates can find careers in a wide range of fields that depend on knowledge of American culture, as well as on the critical thinking and communication skills that are developed through the American studies curriculum. American studies graduates from St. John Fisher College have found work as newspaper reporters, as urban planners, as attorneys, in law enforcement, in corporate settings, and in the social services. Graduates have also continued their studies in graduate programs in American studies and in related disciplines.

The Washington Experience: Fisher Semester in Washington

American studies majors may avail themselves of The Washington Experience, a semester in Washington, D.C. Please refer to The Washington Experience for details.