ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study American Studies at Goucher?
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 and examine the following key themes: power and responsibility, identity, the natural and human-made environment, and cultural and social expression.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
Students delve into 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. While gaining content-based knowledge, students develop analytical thinking and writing skills essential to many careers. Learn More
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
The program is rigorous 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.
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 students study abroad for a semester or a three-week intensive course in 65+ locations around the world.
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 Visual and Material Culture: 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