AMERICAN STUDIES

FROM BEGINNING TO END

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.

Skills You will Gain

1. A fundamental understanding of the principles that formed, directed and currently influence our national structure and policy.

2. Critical thinking in the context of American History, allowing you to not only understand and talk about our national history but also to learn from it.

3. A deep knowledge of American cultural history, including the literature and thought that developed the national consciousness, and formed what it means to be “American.”

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Professor of History

Email:

paul.baxa@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1661

Office:

Henkels 2019

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Associate Professor of History

Email:

michael.breidenbach@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1570

Office:

Henkels 2014A

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Professor of Politics; Director of Honors Program

Email:

john.colman@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1609

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Thomas Student Union 2007B

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Chair of the Politics Department; Associate Professor of Politics

Email:

james.patterson@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7365

Office:

Henkels 2055

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Ambassador Michael Novak Chair of Politics; Professor of Politics

Email:

seana.sugrue@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1625

Office:

Henkels 3054

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Required Courses for the Major

LITR 230 Survey of American Literature or any other Literature course dealing with American literature

POLT 203 American Civilization (Core Curriculum Requirement)

POLT 301 American Government

POLT 304 Constitutional Law

POLT 320 American Political Thought

POLT 490 Senior Seminar

Any two American history courses (in addition to POLT 203 American Civilization)

Two Electives in American Studies which may include

POLT 305 Public Policy

POLT 311 Entrepreneurship and Civil Society

POLT 314 U.S. Foreign Policy

*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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