Ave Maria University
The American Studies program at AMU is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the foundational principles that gave birth to the American republic. By studying a myriad of primary sources from the time of the Founding Fathers to contemporary history and literature, you’ll uncover what motivates American culture, politics and society.
Careers: History Teacher, Social Studies Teacher, Political Philosophy, Public Office
In our American Studies course, you’ll draw from the disciplines of politics, history and literature to discover the extent, aim, end and structure of America’s constitutional republic. From primary documents, constitutional law and political philosophy, you’ll also dive into America’s political principles and the extra-political, cultural institutions that are part of its founding.
Fast Fact: With a firm grasp of our founding principles, students confront relevant issues like the role of religion in government.
Education: B.A., History, York University; M.A., History, University of Toronto; Ph.D., History, University of Toronto
Office: Henkels 2019
Phone: (239) 280-1661
Education: B.A., Political Science, Carleton University; M.A., Political Science, Carleton University; Ph.D., Political Science, Boston College
Office: Thomas Student Union 2007B
Phone: (239) 280-1609
Education: B.A., English, Hillsdale College; M.A., English, University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., English, University of Texas at Austin
Office: Henkels 2047
Phone: (239) 304-7959
Education: B.A., Political Science, University of Houston; M.A., Politics, University of Virginia; Ph.D., Politics, University of Virginia
Office: Henkels 2055
Phone: (239) 304-7365
Education: B.B.A., Business Administration, Bishop’s University; LL.B., Law, University of Ottawa; LL.M., Law, McGill University; D.C.L., Civil Law, McGill University
Office: Henkels 3054
Phone: (239) 280-1625
*With program director’s approval, elective courses can be taken in any department where those courses have substantial context related to American Studies.
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