Siena's American Studies program allows the inquisitive student to explore the United States through a multitude of disciplines such as history, literature, art, sociology, political science, religion, gender and multicultural studies. American Studies majors are diverse thinkers who often combine this flexible major with study abroad, Pre-Law, certificate programs, minors or another major.
Small class sizes guarantee that students will work closely with faculty, and enjoy maximum flexibility and opportunity.
A special connection with the American Studies program at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands (Albany’s sister city), brings Dutch students to Siena and sends Siena students to the Netherlands.
The McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution gives Siena American Studies majors access to internships and opportunities unique to our campus and our region.
A focus on service learning and community engagement gives students valuable skills and contacts through their regular academic program and beyond.
Opportunities to work alongside active historians as assistants, gaining experience with artifacts, documents, and pedagogical techniques.
Internship placements throughout the historically rich Capital Region give students hands-on experience at sites of local, regional and national importance.
Senior capstone experience.
Requirements for the Major (39 credits)
HIST203 - American History I 3 credits
HIST204 - American History II 3 credits
AMST250 - The American Dream 3 credits
AMST451 - American Studies Capstone 3 credits
6 credits in American Literature (LTAM)
The remaining 21 credits in American Studies must be chosen from Areas A, B, and C, with no less than 6 and no more than 12 credit hours in each area.
The Areas are:
Area A - Courses with AMSA attribute
AMST485 - Topics: Revolutionary Era 3 credits
HIST310 - Colonial-Revolution US 1600-1789 3 credits
HIST311 - North American colonies 1492-1763 3 credits
HIST312 - American Rev Atlantic World 3 credits
HIST313 - Antebellum America 1815-1854 3 credits
HIST315 - Civil War and Reconstruction 3 credits
HIST320 - Industrial America 1877-1920 3 credits
HIST323 - Contemporary America 3 credits
HIST325 - US Women's History 3 credits
HIST327 - New York State History 3 credits
HIST401 - Colloquium in History: Topics 3 credits
HIST451 - US Social and Cultural History to 1877 3 credits
HIST453 - US Social and Cultural History post-1877 3 credits
HIST455 - Westward Movement-1750-1890 3 credits
HIST457 - American Immigration in Historical Perspective 3 credits
HIST461 - African-American History 3 credits
HIST463 - US Military History 3 credits
HIST465 - Spanish Borderlands 3 credits
HIST390 - Honors Seminar 3 credits
HIST490 - Honors Seminar 3 credits
Area B - Courses with AMSB attribute
ECON230 - U.S. Economic History 3 credits
POSC100 - Contemporary U.S. Politics 3 credits
POSC205 - State and Local Government 3 credits
POSC305 - Metropolitan Government 3 credits
POSC313 - American Political Parties 3 credits
POSC315 - U.S. Congress 3 credits
POSC320 - American Presidency 3 credits
POSC329 - Spec Studies in American Politics 1 TO 3 credits
POSC351 - U.S. Foreign Policy 3 credits
POSC370 - Civil Liberties I 3 credits
POSC372 - Civil Liberties II 3 credits
SOCI120 - Global Social Problems 3 credits
SOCI130 - The Family 3 credits
SOCI150 - American Indians 3 credits
SOCI210 - Race and Ethnic Relations 3 credits
Area C - Courses with AMSC attribute
ATDV105 - Topics in Film 3 credits
CREA255 - American Art 3 credits
CREA256 - American Music 3 credits
CREA240 - American Theatre 3 credits
EDUC220 - Democracy-Pluralism American Ed 3 credits
ENGL213 - Survey of American Literature 3 credits
ENGL345 - Early American Lit 1500 1820 3 credits
ENGL350 - American Renaissance 1820 1865 3 credits
ENGL355 - Realistic Movement in American Lit 3 credits
ENGL360 - American Lit of the Jazz Age 3 credits
ENGL368 - Lit of the War in Vietnam 3 credits
ENGL370 - African American Literature 3 credits
ENGL372 - Native American Literature 3 credits
ENGL374 - Asian - American Literature 3 credits
ENGL376 - Latinola Literature 3 credits
PHIL420 - Classic American Philosophy 3 credits
RELG305 - Religion in America 3 credits
RELG310 - American Evangelical Tradition 3 credits
RELG315 - American Catholicism
Auxiliary Courses (6 credits)
Two semesters in the same foreign language These languages include: French, Spanish, German, Latin, Russian, Greek, Italian, or Arabic. American Sign Language does not fulfill this requirement.
According to the American Studies Association, “the greatest value of the American Studies major is diverse thinking. In no other curriculum is the student offered such a wide exposure to thinking and scholarship in so many areas.” American Studies majors know how to weigh a variety of evidence, whether visual, literary, historical, or statistical, and how to evaluate it for validity and perspective. Exposed to a wide range of methods, they are uniquely equipped to consider which tools are best for gathering, interpreting, and sharing information, fitting them for a wide variety of careers.
Employers of our Graduates
CenturyLink (Carlisle, PA)
Children’s Village (Nanuet, NY)
GE Oil & Gas
Maple Leaf Realty
Parsons Family and Child Center
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Marine Corps
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (through the McCormick Center’s William & Mary semester).
ABC (Good Morning America)
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
New York State Military Museum and Veteran’s Research Center