offerings: From coursework in urban history to capstone
projects in environmental activism, students are offered ongoing
opportunities to explore the long legacy, competing theories,
and present-day challenges of urban community organizing.
In the classroom and the community, faculty encourage undergraduates
to connect theories of social change with lived experiences
of promoting racial, social, and economic justice in American
learning: Undergraduates benefit from the American Studies
Department's extensive links with a range of local and civic
institutions, testing ideas from the classroom through experiential
learning projects in fields ranging from community organizing
to urban public history, historic preservation to neighborhood
opportunities: Students with bachelors' degrees in American
Studies often go on to pursue careers in community organizing,
labor, environmental, and other social-justice related fields.
The department's extensive internship portfolio allows students
to make contacts well before entering the work world.