Acting Director: Prof. Casey N. Blake, 321 Hamilton; 854-6698; email@example.com
Associate Director: Prof. Robert Amdur, 311 Hamilton; 854-4049; firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Director: Angela Darling, 319 Hamilton; 854-6698; email@example.com
Chair, Service Learning Committee: Prof. Casey Blake, 504 Fayerweather; 854-1785; firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair, Advisory Board: Prof. Robert Amdur, 311 Hamilton; 854-4049; email@example.com
Program Office: 319-321 Hamilton; 854-6698
Casey N. Blake
Robert A. Ferguson
The American studies program offers students the opportunity to explore the experience and values of the people of the United States as embodied in their history, literature, politics, art, and other enduring forms of cultural expression. The program seeks to prepare students to confront with historical awareness the pressing problems that face our society. The program takes advantage of Columbia's location in New York by involving students with the life of the city—working with community service organizations such as the Double Discovery Center, which serves disadvantaged high school students; and by inviting leading figures on the New York political and cultural scene to participate in colloquia, public conferences, and in the classroom. It is an interdisciplinary program designed to be open and flexible while taking seriously the challenge of striving for a liberal education that helps prepare students for responsible citizenship.
Each American studies major or concentrator is assigned an academic adviser who monitors their progress through graduation. With at least ten advisers for each academic year, students are assured of individual attention and guidance. Advisers meet with students at least twice a semester.
Students with a 3.6 minimum GPA in the major and an outstanding senior project are considered for honors. Normally no more than 10% of graduating majors receive departmental honors in a given year.