Explore American Culture And Identity

Achieve a multifaceted understanding of our society and what it means to be American by studying American literature, history, film, food, media, music, philosophy, art and politics. Learn from highly accomplished faculty in an intimate, open, learning environment that provides a place for freewheeling conversations about the American experience. 

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

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Major Requirements

Our interdisciplinary program explores American culture from multiple vantage points. Our curriculum also includes travel courses to several American cities to expand your cultural perspective.

Career Potential

Rider’s training in American studies builds an excellent background and unique skills set for a diverse range of careers.

Common Careers

  • Arts administration
  • Education
  • Media (journalism, music, public relations, publishing)
  • Law
  • Public policy
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An AMS major or minor will strengthen students’ abilities to think critically and creatively, and to develop transcultural perspectives, which are skills that are vital in any number of professional settings.”
Dr. Cynthia Martínez

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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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These courses cover a range of aspects of American life. Every student can find something they want to learn more about, from sports to music to comics to technology.”
Dr. Sheena Howard

Explore And Expand Your Interests

American studies is more than just a curriculum. We sponsor social gatherings, networking opportunities, a distinguished-speaker series, an American Studies Club, and an active alumni club. Whether you choose American Studies as a major or minor, you’ll enjoy new connections and receive individual attention extending far beyond the classroom.


American Studies (B.A.)

Mickey Hess

Professor, Director of American Studies Program

Fine Arts Building

mhess [at] rider.edu

(609) 895-5571

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