ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study American Studies at Goucher?

The objective of the American Studies Program is to promote interdisciplinary study and understandingof 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.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

Through an interdisciplinary approach, the American Studies Program exposes students to many areas,including history, literature, religion, music, art, folklore, and material culture.

Courses are distributed among at least five academic centers or four major programs and examine thefollowing key themes: power and responsibility, identity, the natural and human-made environment,and cultural and social expression.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

American studies helps students develop analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills while gaining knowledge about American culture and society.

No matter what you want to do with your major in American studies, you’re going to need an international perspective to thrive in the 21st century. Goucher’s American studies students participate in study abroad programs such as at Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast and the University of East Anglia in England. Many students also opt to participate in Goucher’s broad offerings of three-week intensive courses abroad.

Course Curriculum


Major & Minor Program Contacts
American Studies Major: Mary Marchand

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Matthew Rainbow Hale, Associate Professor of History: Early American History, Atlantic Revolutions, Print Culture

Gail Husch, Professor of Art History: 19th-Century European and American Painting and Sculpture, American Apocalyptic Imagery

Mary Marchand, Professor of English: American Literature, American Studies

Angelo Robinson, Associate Professor of English: African American literature, American Literature, American studies, gender and sexuality

Tina Hirsch Sheller, Assistant Professor of History and Historic Preservation: Historic Preservation, Public History, Early American History

Michelle Tokarczyk, Professor of English: Working-Class Studies, Contemporary American Literature, Women’s Studies, Composition

Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Jean Baker, Bennett-Hartwood Professor of History: U.S. History, 19th Century; Women’s History

Julie Roy Jeffrey, Professor of History: 19th-Century American Reform, especially Abolitionism, Religion, Gender

Opportunities & Internships

 Internship Program

Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, American Studies faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this department is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in American studies. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.

A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in American studies should contact their individual academic advisers.