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Program Overview

Program Overview

Learn about where our country came from to get a sense of where it’s going. Analyze traditions and social patterns, questions of power and conflict, and consider the art and literature that propelled it all. 

American studies is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to examine the history, culture and society of America by combining courses taken in a variety of fields including history, political science and literature. Conduct an in-depth exploration of America’s rich past—its context will provide the landscape for our country’s future. 

Work with expert faculty from several areas of study to customize a degree that answers to your interests. When you graduate, you’ll be well-prepared for a career in business, government, education or law.



Specific courses required:

  • EN 2133 - Survey of American Literature I or
  • EN 2143 - Survey of American Literature II
  • EN 2903 - Introduction to Literary Studies
  • HI 2213 - History of the United States I
  • HI 2223 - History of the United States II
  • HI 4993 - Senior Seminar
  • PO 1023 - Liberties, Rights, and the Constitution

Elective hours chosen as follows:

Three hours:

  • EN 46n3 - Seminar in American Literature

Twelve hours selected from:

  • HI 3203 - Colonial America
  • HI 3213 - National Period (1776-1850)
  • HI 3243 - Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)
  • HI 3253 - Foundations of 20th Century America (1877-1941)
  • HI 3263 - Recent American Issues (1941-present)
  • HI 3313 - Historical Geography of the United States
  • HI 4013 - Religion and American Culture
  • HI 4103 - Latin America
  • HI 4153 - Urban History and Politics
  • HI 4163 - The South in American History
  • HI 4173 - The American Civil Rights Movement
  • HI 4193 - U.S. Military History

Nine hours selected from:

  • PO 2253 - American State and Local Government
  • PO 3283 - American Political Thought
  • PO 4203 - Constitutional Law
  • PO 4213 - American Foreign Policy
  • PO 4803 - Political Science Travel


Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Richard Goode

    Richard Goode


    Richard Goode has taught at Lipscomb for nearly 25 years. He has also taught for the Vanderbilt Divinity School and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. At Lipscomb he teaches...

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  • Willie Steele

    Willie Steele

    Professor of English

    Willie Steele began teaching at Lipscomb in 2015 after teaching at Oklahoma Christian University and Cascade College, in Portland, Oregon. He earned his MA in English at Middle Tennessee State...

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  • Marc Schwerdt

    Marc Schwerdt

    Associate Professor

    Marc Schwerdt began teaching at Lipscomb in 2004. Previously he taught at Oklahoma Christian University and worked on fundraising for two congressional campaigns in 1996. His areas of academic expertise...

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Career Paths


Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.


Develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They may also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.