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American Studies

Skidmore College

48 months
60302 USD/year
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The American Studies BA program offered at Skidmore College was founded in 1956-1957, making it one of the oldest American Studies programs in the country. 


The American Studies BA degree offered at Skidmore College began as an interdisciplinary program consisting of American subject courses in various social science and humanities departments, including Art, Economics, English, Government, History, Philosophy, and Sociology. By 1960, student demand for an interdisciplinary major in “American Civilization” led to the appointment of a coordinator of American Studies, Donald Baker, and the creation of core seminars that integrated various American subject courses. 

In 1964, David Marcell (Ph. D. in American Studies, Yale University) was hired as Director of American Studies, and he oversaw a three-person advisory committee and about twenty-five junior and senior majors. Marcell redesigned the core courses, supplemented other departmental American subject offerings, and registered the Program as an institutional member of the American Studies Association. With approximately forty majors in the Program and many non-majors in American Studies courses, a second faculty program appointment, Stuart Blumin (Ph. D., University of Pennsylvania, American History), was added in 1967, and core offerings were expanded. 

That same year Marcell delivered a paper on “Courses and Programs in American Studies” at the first national meeting of the American Studies Association in 1967 for a special session devoted to “American Studies in the United States.” That presentation provided the intellectual rationale for a proposal to create a Department of American Studies at Skidmore, which was approved in 1968.

The Writing Requirement In The Major:

The Department of American Studies maintains a strong commitment to writing and, when possible, the process of revision. There is some form of writing in all American Studies courses: for example, traditional essays and research papers, but also book, film, music, and exhibition reviews, autobiographical and ethnographic writing, journal entries, oral histories, among other possibilities. 

Like other disciplines, American Studies values and promotes clear, concise prose and coherent arguments informed by evidence, reason, analytical thought, and creativity. We want AM majors and minors to think in an interdisciplinary manner and to do research that cuts across and bridges traditional disciplinary lines. We want them to be able to use-competently, critically, and creatively-primary and secondary sources. We want them to be able to design and execute research projects. To do so, students must know the conventions of writing in the discipline. 

They must also know how to pose relevant questions, develop a research design, use a variety of sources, convey a clear understanding of chronological relationships, construct an argument with appropriate categories of proof, and to narrate well. While all American Studies courses promote most of these qualities, they find fullest expression in the Senior Seminar. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Issues In American Culture
  • American Identities
  • American Studies: Methods and Approaches
  • Ethnic and Immigrant Experience
  • New England Begins
  • Representations of the American Past in Film
  • American Sports/American Culture
  • Jazz: A Multicultural Expression

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Secondary School Report filled out by secondary school guidance counselor or school administrator (includes official high school transcript).
  • Two academic Teacher Evaluation Reports .
  • Midyear Report filled out by secondary school guidance counselor or school administrator or school administrator or school administrator
  • English Language Proficiency test scores for those for whom English is not their first language.
  • English fluency is required of all students as Skidmore's liberal arts curriculum is based heavily on written and oral communication. All students must have the ability to communicate inside and outside the classroom. 
  • Secondary school and university-level transcripts and recommendations. Those not in English should be accompanied by an English translation. 
  • $65 application fee (check or credit card accepted). 

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1282 - 2794 USD /month
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