Learning by doing...
The American Studies program encourages you to test your career goals through internships, and it requires an individual research project to help you broaden your knowledge, deepen your research skills, and explore your particular interests.
During the school year, and over summers, internships are available with various government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Summer internships and study programs can be arranged throughout the country to fit each student's interests. And of course, back on campus, there are numerous ways to learn by doing--starting with most of our courses, which link theoretical, classroom, and book learning with experiential activities.
In addition to regular course work, the department offers a number of Student-Faculty Collaborations: the Teaching Apprenticeship, the Research Collaboration course, the Student Research in Science and Religion "internal internships," and the Hague-Critoph Fund. Recently, for her senior research on "Andrew Jackson, Indian Dad," Karen Winkle used Hague-Critoph money to travel to Jackson's home, the Hermitage, to research in the archives about Jackson's adopted Native American son, Lakota.