American Studies
Offered by the History department.

These United States. Life in America is as complex as ever. In this interdisciplinary major, you’ll examine the ever-evolving American experience through multiple lenses: the arts, history, literature, culture, politics, social movements and more. You’ll build a foundation in U.S. history and also deepen your understanding of today’s most pertinent topics, such as race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. As an American studies major, you’ll have the freedom to choose electives that fit your historical, cultural and literary interests.



100% of American Studies majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of American Studies majors

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • Academic Advisor, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Staff Reporter, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Sample Graduate Schools

  • University of California-Riverside
  • University of Sussex

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 100% for the classes of 2014-2018


Recent student internships

The Wheaton Edge offers experiences beyond the classroom.

Amy Glover

2021, American History, Secondary Education

Davis International Fellowship

Kenyan Scholar-Athlete Project, Thika, Kenya

I learned that I have a passion for international education.


John Bezis-Selfa

Associate Professor of History

Alexander Bloom

Professor of History, Emeritus

Dolita Cathcart

Associate Professor of History; Coordinator for African, African American, Diaspora Studies

Shawn Christian

Professor of English and African American Studies

Samuel Coale

Professor of English; American Studies Program Coordinator

Kathryn Tomasek

Professor of History