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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.

Courses

Courses

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
100%

Graduate School Acceptance Rate

Study Abroad

See the world — whether it’s Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, England or another country. Career opportunities will open for you as you sharpen your foreign language skills. Gain the international experience and cross-cultural communication skills you’ll need in our global economy.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Nashville

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.

98%

Job Placement Rate

Our Faculty

  • Richard Goode

    Richard Goode

    Professor of History

    Selected Publications: Books And the Criminals With Him: Essays in Honor of Will D. Campbell. Eugene OR: Cascade Books. (2012) Writings on Reconciliation and Resistance. Eugene OR: Cascade Books....

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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 of Political Science, Chair of History, Politics and Philosophy

    Marc Schwerdt joined the Lipscomb political science faculty in 2004. His research has concentrated on perceptions of public service in children's literature and has been published in peer-reviewed journals Social...

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Career Paths

Lawyers

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

Legislators

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.