What will I learn?

American Studies engages students in the interdisciplinary study of the cultures and politics of the United States and the Americas, past and present. Through its exploration of American traditions, institutions, geography, arts, and mass culture, the program exposes students to a diversity of American perspectives and identities. Central to our major is an investigation of the intersectionality of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, religion, and citizenship in the examination of American experiences.

The American Studies program is also distinct in our commitment to community-based learning and the public humanities, fostering critical analysis by engaging with local community partners in teaching, researching, and promoting active civic participation.

In Depth

The interdisciplinary nature of our program encourages the kind of personal initiative and creative thinking that gives our majors an advantage later in life, and they pursue a rich variety of careers. An American Studies major is particularly appropriate for students planning careers in education, law, communications, government, social work, journalism, museum studies, and information science. Since its inception, American Studies has sought to combine critical thinking with social awareness. Our courses and programming relate theory and practice, research and public policy, and the academy and the community. We foster opportunities for research and advocacy, community and campus engagement, leadership development, service learning and internships.


Not only will an American Studies major give you an in-depth knowledge of your country and culture, it will provide you with the skills necessary to excel in a variety of professions or to pursue an advanced degree at a graduate institution. Our majors have gone on to varied, successful careers as lawyers, museum directors, sales reps, bankers, EMTs, teachers, librarians, public historians, university administrators, government officials, and more.


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Which department am I in?

Saint Michael's College

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$46,590.00 per year
Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

17 January 2022


Saint Michael's College

One Winooski Park,



05439, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Application must have completed a high school record and strength of college preparatory curriculum (including the senior year of high school). Applicants should have at least sixteen Carnegie Units of college preparatory course work in high school including some combination of the following (in order of importance). Four years of English; While courses like speech and other English electives are interesting, students are recommended to take those in addition to (not as replacements for) English courses with a strong emphasis on writing and the reading of literature. Two to three years of the same foreign language; A minimum of two are required, but it is highly recommended that applicants pursue as many years of language as possible. Three to four years of theoretical mathematics; Three to four years of science, including at least two lab sciences; Three to four years of history and social sciences.

For international students

Students must complete their high school from a recognized institution. English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.5; TOEFL iBT – 79; Cambridge English Qualification - C1; Duolingo English Test - 110. Application Deadlines: For Fall Semester: February 1; For Spring Semester: November 1.

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