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The objective of the American Studies Program is to promote interdisciplinary study and understanding of American history and society; American economic and political institutions; and the beliefs, values, codes of behavior, expressive arts, myths, and symbols that constitute American culture. The program is good preparation for graduate training and for professional careers in a variety of fields, including journalism, communications, law, public service, business, planning, social work, teaching, publishing, historic preservation, and museum work. Courses are distributed among at least five academic centers or four major programs and examine the following key themes: power and responsibility, identity, the natural and human-made environment, and cultural and social expression.

Program Contact
Mary Marchand | 410-337-6268 |

Center for Humanities

Majors: American Studies, Art History, English (with concentrations in literature, writing, creative writing, secondary education), History, Philosophy

Minors: Art History, English, History, Historic Preservation, Book Studies, Philosophy

Center Director: April Oettinger,


Marie Brown
Marie Brown
“A lot of campuses are getting into social justice now—that’s been Goucher.”