Our American studies program is an interdisciplinary major in which students draw upon multiple fields of study to critically analyze the meaning and influence of U.S. history and culture.
Our program focuses on the question of national identity: What characteristics, traditions, ideas and values shape the American people and their institutions? Students explore American culture through the lens of diverse academic fields such as art, economics, film, history, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion and sociology in order to examine the nation’s intellectual and social foundations.
Our majors are characterized by their ability to think critically, make intellectual connections and communicate effectively. The broad and rigorous education our students receive prepares them for graduate school and careers in a wide variety of fields, including business, education, government, journalism, law and the nonprofit sector.
Life After Salve
Employers and graduate schools seek applicants who can think critically, communicate effectively and are self-starters. With its flexible curriculum, personalized faculty mentoring, interdisciplinary approach and senior thesis project, our program creates an ideal environment for students to develop those sought-after skills.
In the Workforce
- Business: Graduates acquire the creativity, organizational skills and cultural awareness necessary for careers as successful entrepreneurs.
- Education: Graduates are well prepared for teaching and administrative positions in primary, secondary and higher education.
- Government: Graduates have held positions at the local, state and federal government levels.
- Nonprofit sector: Graduates can pursue careers with advocacy organizations, electoral politics, libraries, museums, research organizations and think tanks.
Graduate and Law School
- Humanities and social sciences: Graduates can pursue masters and Ph.D. programs in American studies, ethnic studies, history, literature, political science, sociology, urban planning and urban studies.
- Education: Graduates interested in teaching careers can earn the M.A.T., while those interested in educational research, advocacy or administration may pursue M.A., M.S., Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees.
- Public administration and public policy: Graduates can pursue master’s and Ph.D. programs in public administration and public policy.
- Law school: Graduates acquire the research skills, critical analysis and clear writing necessary for the demands of law school.
The American studies program gave me a thorough understanding of culture and historical events in New England that informs my work as an archeologist every day. And the skills I learned during my internships at Salve were so valuable - I felt well prepared for the workplace.
Melissa Andrade ’14
Architectural historian, Public Archaeology Laboratory