American & New England Studies
The major in American studies gives students a broad and critical understanding of the culture and society of the United States through a series of core courses, in-depth training in the scholarly discipline of an associated department, and comparative study of a non-American society. Through its affiliations with Boston-area cultural institutions, the program offers research opportunities in the rich historical, literary, and artistic resources of New England and the nation. The small size of the program encourages close personal and intellectual contact between students and faculty, and permits majors to devise an interdisciplinary academic program best suited to their individual needs. The American studies major provides excellent preparation for graduate work in the humanities, the social sciences, or professional training in law, business, medicine, or communications.