American Studies Goals and Learning Outcomes

22Stockton’s American Studies program provides an advanced interdisciplinary degree for students seeking professional and personal advancement through the liberal arts. The degree and certificate programs are tailored to fit a variety of career goals as well as to provide preparation for professional degrees or doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences.

Graduates of Stockton’s American Studies Master of Arts/Certificate programs will be able to demonstrate achievement in the following:

  1. Recognizing and understanding the range of approaches related to the field of American Studies and its development over time.
  2. Understanding the research methods and/or theoretical perspectives that inform contemporary American Studies scholarship, including theories of race and ethnicity, gender studies, queer theory, feminism, cultural materialism, Marxism, post-structuralism, historicism, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, cultural studies, archival research, textual analysis, oral history, ethnography, and performance studies.
  3. Applying the multi-disciplinary methods and theories scholars use in American studies to analyze sources as well as diverse objects of study, including primary source texts, visual imagery, material culture, and aspects of daily life.
  4. Developing skills in expressing oneself orally and in writing.
  5. Designing and executing an interdisciplinary research project that contributes to the field of American studies AND/OR applying American Studies’ perspectives to the larger world beyond the classroom and scholarly community through an internship, study tour, and/or an independent study. Applied projects might be related to public history, museum studies, archival studies, digital media, and/or social justice and civic awareness.

Not every American Studies course will address all the above learning outcomes.