American Studies Certificate

What is America, and what is unique about its inception, history, people, and culture? And what is its relation to the rest of the world?

The Certificate in American Studies offers students the opportunity to discover some of the answers to these questions through the interdisciplinary study of America and American culture in an increasingly globalized world. Through their coursework, students will explore an integrated view of the American experience through history, politics, culture, literature, theology, art, and philosophy.

Requirements for the Certificate

The certificate requires 15 credit hours or 5 three-credit courses including the following:

  • Introduction to American Studies (LST 7201)
  • Four courses on American topics chosen from the LST selections or from a wide range of choices across the graduate catalog.

The introductory course, offered through Liberal Studies, will address three central questions:

  • What is an American?
  • What is America?
  • Is there an American culture?

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Liberal Studies

The Enlightenment . . . The Renaissance. . . War and Peace. . . The Fall of the Roman Empire. . . The novels of Jane Austen. . . The American Founding. . . The plays of Shakespeare. . . The Civil Rights Movement. . . The Reformation. . . .

These are examples of ideas, books, people, and events that have truly changed the world. What is the best way to study them? History, literature, philosophy, theology, political science, languages – all of these disciplines have something important to say. But how is it possible to combine such different courses into just one master’s degree? The answer is Liberal Studies.