American Studies explores our nation through culture, politics, society and economics.
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How did the mashup of African and European music create an American form loved worldwide? Why did the radical idea of a “personal computer” in every home sprout in America? Why did it take until 1920 for American women to get the right to vote? American Studies delves into issues like these.
As an American Studies minor you customize your courses to concentrate on what intrigues you most. Once we’ve helped you determine a focus, you’ll connect with a faculty member who shares those interests for a close mentoring relationship.
You’ll learn to appreciate the connections between and among different academic disciplines. We offer a solid foundation in American literature and history accompanied by study in related fields such as politics, religion, the arts, sociology or economics, taught by Drew experts.
Lillie J. Edwards
Professor & director
I’d say I’m an idealist. This probably comes from my own liberal arts training that showed me the intellectual, creative and spiritual power human beings have to change the world in which they live. My current work includes a book project about the social mobility of the black middle class, using my late mother’s college diary.
Ph.D., University of Chicago
the supposed effects of mass culture and patterns of consumption in “Popular Culture and its Critics”