Founded in 1969, the American Studies Program at Georgetown University is among the oldest undergraduate American Studies programs in the country. The goal of the American Studies program is to analyze the social, historical, material, ideological and aesthetic aspects of American cultures, past and present. To enable students to grasp the cultural patterns of American societies while pursuing their own interests within that framework, the program in American Studies integrates knowledge from the fields of history, literature, political science, economics, philosophy, sociology, theology and the fine arts.
The program's interdisciplinary nature allows for ample opportunity for creative diversity, yet remains structured around four core American Civilization classes, a two-course history sequence and a Senior Thesis Seminar course in which students contribute to the growing field of American Studies.
The program fosters a close knit community with field trips, social gatherings and lectures. Forty years after its founding, American Studies at Georgetown University remains committed to challenging its students with a demanding curriculum that propels students into careers in a wide variety of fields, including law, journalism, teaching, government, museum curation and business, among others, as well as preparing students for advanced study at the masters or doctoral level.
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