American Studies major Rebecca Byrne came to CSE by way of Sussex County Community College, where she earned membership into the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society. Read Rebecca's Story
An inherently multidisciplinary field, American Studies researches our national experience through history, literature, politics, and cultural identity to better understand character, institutions and collective challenges. The program has two concentrations: Culture and Humanities looks to the cultural and social products of the American experience; Human and Social Development investigates manifestations of the collective American ethos.
1. Interdisciplinary courses span the humanities and social sciences
2. Two specializations provide students both a broad survey and a targeted focus
3. Flexibility through Independent study, Capstone experience and internships
Students of American Studies will gain a broad understanding of American history, life and culture. Stressing critical thinking, our courses are designed to develop research, writing and presentation skills necessary for decoding and translating complex, multidisciplinary aspects of human identity.
Graduates of the American Studies program are prepared for careers in education, government, journalism and business. Many of our students continue their studies to pursue careers in in law, higher education, or social sciences.
"My involvement as an American Studies major has encouraged me to visit, volunteer at, and promote the preservation of local historic sites and museums across New Jersey."
Nicole Yanoso's chapter, “'Keeping the Tradition Alive:' The Newark Saint Patrick’s Day Parade" was accepted for publication in “You’d think that you were home in Ireland”: Essays on the Irish-American Experience in New Jersey and Metropolitan New York, to be published by Lexington Books.