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American Studies

The American Studies minor gives students the opportunity to explore the diverse culture of the United States in an interdisciplinary context. In consultation with an American Studies advisor, students are encouraged to shape an individualized course of study to meet their own academic goals.


The certificate in American Studies is primarily for international students who come to the United States for an introductory program in American Studies or who wish to take such a program at a CCSU extension college abroad.

CCSU's American Studies program derives its excellence from its distinguished professors, significant library research holdings, exceptional academic conferences, and rich connection to Connecticut historical study. Professors who teach in the American Studies program are nationally recognized scholars who have published widely on American history, literature, and art.  The University houses special collections of relevance to American studies. Recent conferences at CCSU have focused on Native Americans and the law, reparations for slavery, and America, post 9/11. And the noted academic journal, Connecticut History, is edited and published at the University. The faculty bring their extensive scholarly learning to enliven classrooms and guide students in their study and research. 

American Studies is an exciting academic discipline: where else would you encounter scholarly articles bringing together John Winthrop, Benjamin Franklin, David Letterman, and "Who Wants to Marry A Millionaire"? Read Dr. Matthew Warshauer's article on the "Changing Conceptions of the American Dream."



Last Updated: Thursday October 15, 2009