May 27, 2019  
Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 
Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 [Archived Catalog]

American Studies Certificate

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Program: Certificate in American Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts Building 153 ~ 260-481-6160

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows: 

  • Students will examine American culture from a range of local, regional, and global perspectives.

  • Students will develop skills in interdisciplinary, holistic, connected critical thinking, making connections between different fields of academic inquiry, and producing sustained, reasoned, critical analysis of American culture, society, and history.
  • Students will develop critical self-awareness of how they as individuals have been shaped by their particular American experience as well as a broader understanding of the diverse cultures of the United States and the influential factors of gender, race, ethnicity, and religious background.
  • Students will be able to put theory into practice through service-learning initiatives at local, arts, government, charitable and other appropriate organizations.

  • American Studies is also committed to enriching the life of the campus and community through sponsoring speakers, films, visiting artist, and so on, fostering connections between the campus and community organizations, and facilitating research collaborations between Americanist faculty from different disciplines at IPFW.  

The mission of the American Studies program is to produce engaged and thoughtful citizens who are aware of how they have been shaped by the American experience and how they can be responsible citizens both in a multicultural United States and in a global environment. Students in American Studies will analyze the place of America within the larger scope within its borders by the contributions of a variety of national and ethnic group, and by analysis of how America relates to and is perceived by countries outside its own borders.

Program Requirements

Required introductory course

Structure of other credits

  • At least 6 credits must be at least at 300 level
  • At least 6 credits must be taken in two additional areas of study outside of major field
  • See History Department for list of pre-approved classes

Total Credits: 18

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