American Studies at NGU
An Interdisciplinary Program Envisioning a Stronger America
The American Studies degree is a special, dynamic interdisciplinary program designed to give students a critical understanding of American society and culture. Through select courses in American history, American literature, and political science (as well as other key courses such as Sociology of Social Problems, the History of Christianity in America, and Christianity and Media*), the American Studies major gains valuable theoretic and practical knowledge concerning how Americans think and act. Such preparation affords the major a wide variety of career and graduate school paths, ranging from politics and law to non-profit and advocacy work. Our interdisciplinary program’s overarching focus on urban ministries further enhances the student’s preparation along these lines as does our emphasis on becoming “Christian integrators” (see our main NGU brochure/website for details). Here, we take the popular notion of “community development” to the next step: that is, we link any attempt to improve society to the hope and healing found only in Christ.
Though some of the courses for the American Studies major are mandatory, there is still room for individualized focus. We also offer the opportunity for experiential learning through the “Best Semester Program” in Washington, D.C. as well as through the multiple city-based projects (based in Greenville and in Atlanta) already implemented within the IDS Program per se. In the latter case, we give our majors important practical experience in such things as community mapping and oral narrative, two strategies at the cutting edge of current attempts to identify our societal needs and cultural resources.
In general, American Studies majors at NGU acquire a skill set and habit of mind preparing them for work and/or graduate study in the following areas:
In particular, American Studies at NGU meets, point by point, the American Bar Association’s guidelines for law school preparation, a fact that should be of interest even to those students not considering law as a career. The following chart (drawing from the ABA’s “Preparing for Law School” website) outlines how we meet these guidelines.
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For more information concerning American Studies at North Greenville University, contact Dr. Gregory Bruce, Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, at firstname.lastname@example.org., or stop by 207 White Hall. Also see our general Interdisciplinary Studies web page at NGU.
* NOTE that, as we are currently expanding our program, a number of new courses are currently being considered.