American Studies at Russell Sage College is an interdisciplinary major that offers students the opportunity to get to know the United States as a geographic, cultural, and political entity. Students explore the shared values and diverse character of the American experience, shaped as it is by gender, race, class, geography, and ethnicity. The academic experience is placed in a practical context of today’s global economic, cultural, and political relations.
The core of the American Studies program focuses on the study of U.S. literature, culture, and history. Other courses offer a rich diversity of topics including U.S. economics, social policy, arts, and global relations, allowing students to take their study of the U.S. in a broad range of directions.
Students are encouraged, but not required, to develop emphases within the American Studies program that allow them to pursue their interests in specific related areas including U.S. Culture, Material Culture, or American Communities. Internship opportunities with Rensselaer County Historical Society, the State Legislature, and other local organizations allow students to develop these emphases in individual ways.
What you can do
- Become a librarian, archivist, or museum curator.
- Write or edit for a newspaper, magazine, or other publication.
- Contribute your skills and knowledge to a non-profit organization.
- Work in government as a lobbyist or legislator.
- Go on to graduate school in law, business, American Studies or another field that you feel passionate about.