Consider the very idea of what America means, and what it might be.
American Studies, the oldest cross-disciplinary program at Washington College, is the closest thing to a DIY major at Washington College. It enables students to sample a number of disciplines not just as a preliminary to deciding on a major but as part of their major. It also provides the experience of double-majoring or even triple majoring within a single major, which greatly reduces the complexity of requirements, reduces the total number of courses students are required to take, and requires the completion of only a single Senior Capstone Experience rather than more. Cross-disciplinary training—competence in both humanities and social sciences disciplines—can be more in keeping with a variety of career choices—education, marketing, public service, law, public relations—than concentration in a single discipline.
Extraordinary career preparation is provided by the partnership between the American Studies Major at Washington College and the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, which sponsors a number of paid internships of the type that have led to employment for many Washington College graduates. The Center is the oldest and best-endowed at the College, is most directly related to the College’s heritage, and hosts residences for world-renowned American Studies scholars as well as talks and seminars by visiting ones.
Areas of Study
- Art and Art History
- Environmental Studies
- Political Science
“I’m ready to pursue a career in publications or research.”
Turk McCleskey, a historian who teaches at Virginia Military Institute, is the author of The Road to Black Ned’s Forge. He speaks October 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Hynson Lounge.
Taylor Frey ’17 had a front seat to history while working as a White House intern over the summer.
A Veterans Day performance to be staged in Decker Theatre is built around student interviews with area veterans of WWII, conducted for the C.V. Starr Center’s StoryQuest oral histories project, “The Real War.” The November 11 event includes music, projected images and spoken word performances.