ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study American Studies at Goucher?
The American Studies Program is one of Goucher's most interdisciplinary majors. It balances a broad foundation with a specialized concentration that students design to meet their unique interests and plans for the future. Students study history, literature, religion, music, art, folklore, and material culture, and specialize in themes such as immigration and America's education system.
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. 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. 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 school 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.
Additionally, 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
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
James Dator, Assistant Professor of History: Early-Modern Caribbean, Comparative Slavery & Slave Resistance, African Diaspora
Nina Kasniunas, Associate Professor of Political Science and Arsht Professor in Ethics and Leadership: American politics
Ann Duncan, Associate Professor of Religion: American Religious History, Religion and Social Reform, Motherhood and American Christianity, Religion and Politics, New Religious Movements
Jeanie Murphy, Associate Professor, Hispanic and Latinx Studies: Latin American literature and theater; Latin American cultural studies; Latin American history; gender studies
Ailish Hopper, Associate Professor, Peace Studies: Poetry writing and poetics, new narrative practices. Critical race theory, cultural rewriting. Liberation and critical pedagogy, futures and nonviolences
Maria San Filippo, Assistant Professor: Film and Television Studies, Gender and Sexuality in Media, Feminist and Queer Theory
David Zurawik, Assistant Professor: Journalism, Media Criticism, and New Media
Jamie Mullaney, Professor of Sociology: Culture and cognition, qualitative methods, gender, time, identity, emotions
Janet Shope, Professor of Sociology: Sociology of medicine, inequality, gender, and research methods
Daniel Swann, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology: race, atheism, CRT, social psychology, religion, rhetoric and public discourse, methods, political sociology
Carolyn Schwarz, Assistant Professor of Anthropology: Cultural anthropology, global Christianity, health and wellbeing, healthcare delivery, food, Aboriginal Australia; anthropology of the United States
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