Curriculum

Curricular Support: Center staff offer teaching support for the American Studies Major / Minor and the U.S. National Security Studies Minor. This includes the employment of Senior Fellows and Post-Doctoral Fellows.

Major and Minor in American Studies
The American Studies major and minor were initiated in fall 2006. The American Studies major / minor differs from American Studies programs at other universities by focusing primarily on the American founding and its legacy. The four core courses for the major are centered on the theme of the founding and evolution of the great "American Experiment" in democracy, capitalism, and self-government.
View the American Studies Curriculum.


Minor in U.S. National Security Studies
The minor in U.S. National Security Studies explores the rich, and often controversial, legacy of U.S. diplomatic and national security policies from its founding to the present, beginning with the principles of U.S. foreign policy rooted in the Constitution and tracing the evolution of U.S. national security through the Cold War and Post-Cold War eras. The minor also examines the specific internal mechanisms by which national security policies are formulated, as well as the theoretical debates in international relations scholarship on the nature of the international system, the role of power, calculations of national interest, and the effect of institutions such as international law in governing state behavior. Finally, the minor will study the political and historical contexts of current regional conflict areas, and the "new dimensions" of U.S. national security, including WMD proliferation, ethnic conflict and conflict resolution, the "War on Terrorism," and human, environmental, and energy security.
View the Minor in U.S. National Security Studies Curriculum

Opportunities for Students

Networking / Internships
CAS offers student internships within the Center and facilitates internship programs opportunities with private companies, non-profits, and government agencies, such as Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and United States Investigations Services (USIS). Students are also provided with networking opportunities throughout internal and external events and conferences.

CAS Junior Fellows
Junior fellowships provide students with an internship internal to the Center.  Junior fellows undertake original research in conjunction with a CAS faculty member, present research at academic conferences, and provide assistance on Center programming.

"The major in American Studies has provided me with a rich, in-depth civic education about America's founding principles. In my classes, close readings and analysis of important political texts have enriched my knowledge about the origins of this country and how we have evolved. In studying works written by some of America's greatest politicians, philosophers, and activists, I have developed enhanced perspectives on the history and evolution of social, political, and economic institutions in this country. It has truly been an invaluable component of my undergraduate experience." 
~ Scott Bledsoe, American Studies and Political Science double major (CAS Junior Fellow Fall 2015-Spring 2016)

"The Center for American Studies has provided me with opportunities I never could have hoped for if I had gone to a different school. Not only does the Center bring in interesting and engaging speakers, but it gives students the opportunity to network at events like their Annual Conference on America's Founding Principles and History and the Symposium for Homeland Security and Defense. I also have had the opportunity to work as a Junior Fellow with the Center. In doing this I have received both practical and research experience that most undergrads do not have the chance to get." 
~ Elizabeth (Lili) Samios, AMST and Economics Double Majors and Leadership and Political Science minor (CAS Junior Fellow, Fall 2015-Spring 2016)

Our Current Junior Fellows:

Name: Alesha Adams
Major: Marketing
Minors: Digital Humanities & Leadership

Name: Hannah Jackson
Majors: American Studies and Philosophy
Minors: National Security

Name: Brittany Arnold
Major: American Studies/Political Science

Name: Thomas Kelly
Major: American Studies
Minors: History & Spanish

Name: Hannah Broughton
Major: American Studies
Minors: Philosophy of Law and U.S. National Securities

Name: Kari Martin
Majors:
Minors:

Name: Margaret (Maggie) D. Byers
Majors: Political Science and American Studies
Minor: Communication

Name: Ali Nayyef
Major: Political Science
Minor: National Security

Name: Eva Campbell
Majors: American Studies

Name: Moriah Poliakoff
Majors: American Studies and Political Science
Minors: National Security Studies

Name: Lydia Davis
Majors:
Minors:

Name: Emily Risko
Majors:
Minors:

Name: Galen Creekmore
Majors: American Studies / Political Science

Name: Bianca Rumbaugh
Major: Political Science
Minor: National Security

Name: Daniel Glenn
Majors: American Studies / Political Science

Name: Rachel Wagner
Majors: American Studies / Interdisciplinary Studies

Name: Brandon Hubbard
Majors: Political Science, American Studies, Biology
Minors: Leadership