What will I learn?

The purpose of the American Studies program at Fairfield University is for students to engage the idea of America as it has been culturally imagined and contested throughout history, both within and beyond U.S. national borders. Students also consider their own place, engagement, and responsibilities as participants in the unfolding narratives of America within a global context. Interdisciplinary in its goal, the program draws from a wide range of courses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences in order to help students develop the ability to read America, in all its manifestations, as a rich and dynamic cultural artifact.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will engage the idea of America by framing questions for research and inquiry
  • Students will distinguish, summarize, and synthesize the idea of America through the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, legal status, environment, and class.
  • Students will critically analyze and interpret cultural artifacts using interdisciplinary theories and methodologies, and discipline-specific knowledge.
  • Students will construct oral arguments and generate debate as they evaluate the processes that shape and reshape America and its identities.
  • Students will write informed, critical essays and larger research papers.
  • Students will examine and interpret their own places, engagement, and responsibilities in the unfolding narratives of America, within a global context.
  • Students will produce a final culminating project appropriate to the undergraduate and graduate curricula.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 120 credits)

Tuition fees
US$49,080.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, September 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

1073 North Benson Road,



6824, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students are required to complete secondary education or equivalent

English Language scores - IELTS, a minimum score of a 6.5 is required; minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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