Students have an opportunity to collaborate with faculty at every turn, including class projects, teachers sharing expertise and insights for student research, and office-hour advising on coursework and careers. In addition, the department offers a number of opportunities for still further collaboration between students and faculty:
For the last few years, Stetson has offered students summer grants for students to work on a research project with a faculty mentor. A number of American studies majors have won SURE grants, and for each of them, the grant was a crucial part of their senior research project:
Susan Hartley studied race relations in St. Augustine in the years since the long hot summers of 1964-1965.
Sara Cotner researched the impact of gender on primary school children's performance.
Michael Chronister studied the impact of technology on copyright and the public sphere in issues of intellectual property.
Michael McCombs investigated boot camps for girls in central Florida and preseanted his work at a WGS roundtable presentation, "Your Mother Wears Combat Boots: Gender Modeling, Deviance, and Military Rehabilitation in a Boot Camp for Adolescent Girls"
Each spring for the last few years, Stetson has hosted a conference for students from every major on campus to present their research and creative work.
A number of American Studies students have been presenters at USAPD:
Karen Winkle in 1998
Krista Brindle in 2001