- GRADUATE STUDIES
- STUDENT LIFE
|The American Studies major can select courses offered by the Anthropology, Education, English, History, Marketing, Mass Communication, Music, Political Science, and Sociology Departments. In addition, University faculty offer several innovative courses of their own. These include: Breakaway: The Search for Utopia; Place, Community, and American Culture; Baseball and American Culture; and The American Studies Senior Seminar, where each student develops an individual project.|
The American Studies program offers students opportunities to explore American life and culture through a wide variety of perspectives, including anthropology, education, history, literature, mass communication, sociology, and the fine and performing arts.
The program brings together faculty from many different academic departments and offers courses dealing with American history, literature, society, government, media, arts and music, thought and belief, education, the environment, business, issues and ideals. Providing a balance to this curricular diversity is a core of required introductory courses, a methods course, and an integrative Senior Project Seminar.
The program offers a great deal of flexibility in course choices and, upon graduation, a wide array of professional opportunities. Since American Studies includes content areas relevant to the K-8 classroom, it is an ideal complement to the Education major. Others pursue the American Studies degree, either by itself or in conjunction with another major or minor field, because they have a keen interest in things American and enjoy the freedom and the challenge of interdisciplinary study.
Class sizes are small and students are encouraged to develop their own thematic concentrations, focusing on areas such as American communities, popular culture, politics and justice, the American family, gender, or the minority experience. As part of the Senior Seminar, each student develops an individual project within the overarching course theme. Past topics include The Frontier, The Wizard of Oz, America in World War II, and Just Looking: Visual Culture in American Life. Students are encouraged to do an internship connected to their intended career in order to further develop professional skills within the context of a supportive academic environment.
With its interdisciplinary approach and highly flexible nature, the American Studies program at Franklin Pierce University has enabled me to study and experience a wide array of academic areas that I otherwise would never have encountered. In doing so, I have been inspired to create my own thematic concentration, participate in a study abroad program and even construct my own independent studies focusing on specific aspects of American life that I find to be of great interest. Overall, I truly don't think I could have chosen a major more appropriate for my broad academic curiosity, insatiable creative appetite and general go-getter approach to life.
—Gabrielle Aufiero American Studies Major Class of 2009
Franklin Pierce University
College at Rindge
Director, New England Center for Civic Life
B.F.A., University of New Hampshire
M.A., Simmons College
Professor of English
Chair, Division of Humanities
B.A., Spring Hill College
M.A., Saint Louis University
Ph.D., University of Georgia
Donna Decker Reck
Associate Professor of English
B.A., State University of New York, Albany
M.A., Salem State College
Ph.D., Northeastern University
Students can enrich their education by participating in the activities of the University's Institutes and Centers, including: