American studies is one of the most flexible majors offered at Dominican. Providing a truly liberal arts and sciences experience, the major offers students the opportunity to take courses from multiple disciplines and focus on specific themes in American studies including the urban experience, the African-American experience or popular culture.
As a minor, American studies offers students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of American society and culture as it relates to their major field of study. For example, an American Studies minor could support students majoring in Environmental Science, Nutrition Science or Pastoral Ministry by providing a deeper context for understanding America's complex relationship with its natural resources, changing food consumption patterns or modern American Catholic culture.
As freshmen, students are required to take Introduction to American Studies. In their senior year, students are required to take a 400-level Capstone course, that includes project-oriented research. Projects will be considered for the school's annual URSCI Expo (Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Investigations) held in April.
Dominican's internship program has successfully placed students in a number of organizations. Students apply concepts learned in the classroom to a real-world setting by working with professionals in a variety of organizations.
In some cases, the internship experience also permits students to earn a stipend while gaining experience in the field and earning university credit. Dominican students majoring in American studies, history and social science have pursued internships at sites such as the National Archives, the Cantigny Museum of Military History and historical societies.