Monday, November 11, 2013

Exploring American Studies

One of the subjects I have been lucky enough to study during my three years at Fordham is that of American Studies. This interdisciplinary major (or in my case, minor) covers a vast array of approaches towards understanding what exactly it is that makes America so unique. Some of the disciplines that contribute to the reading materials for this subject draw from art history, sociology, communications, religion, politics, English, and history, to name just a few.

As a psychology major, I have particularly enjoyed studying facets of this subject in relation to the human mind and the construction of American identity. Though unusual in its approach, I believe that American Studies offers the unique experience to students to think for themselves and to develop theories rather than just study them. It is a truly interactive subject that allows the student to grow as an active and interactive learner rather than just a receptor of information.

Another great part of being an American Studies major/minor is the very small class size. Though Fordham typically does tend to foster a small student to teacher ratio, this course is unique in that so few students choose to take it. As a result, many of the classes you take are with the same peers you will have throughout your studies. This fosters a unique class identity and lends strength to the forming of academic as well as social bonds that may not have otherwise been available.

Those who are extended the opportunity to take part in American Studies should certainly do it; you won't regret it!

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