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Welcome to the American Studies Program

The American Studies Program offers a way to better understand human beings, to see how they were and how they are in order to improve the ways they will be. It studies Americans because their words, their deeds and thoughts, their civilization and culture, both past and present, are comparatively easy to search out, to analyze and to understand.

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Academic Programs

American Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of American culture. Students take courses from a variety of disciplines, integrate them with two American Studies core courses, and cap off their undergraduate degree with an independent research project in which they ask, research and answer their own most pressing questions about some aspect of American culture. Students whose interests range widely and who want to know more about their world from as many points of view as possible are usually very successful as American Studies majors.
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Careers

Only a small percentage of American Studies majors go on to work in the field of American Studies. Many graduates become lawyers, librarians, businesspersons, writers, archivists, researchers, teachers, politicians, and even entertainers. Our interdisciplinary approach to the American Studies curriculum fosters well-rounded, intellectual development and helps out students to develop valuable career skills in research, writing, analysis, argumentation, and documentation. The following are common career areas for American Studies graduates:
  • Education
  • Research
  • Writing and Editing
  • Information Management
  • Advocacy
  • Business
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Opportunities & Activities

Students in the American Studies Program can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience.

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Faculty & Staff

Faculty from various academic departments teach courses for the American Studies Program. This interdisciplinary approach allows for a well-rounded learning experience.

Research & Scholarship

The research and scholarly efforts of our faculty ensure that our students are educated in a vibrant and engaged environment. Recent research and scholarship projects are listed below.

Invited Lectures & Addresses

Street, P. E. “Sons of Russia: Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky.” Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Schuster Center, Dayton OH. (April 14, 2012).

Music Compositions

Street, P. E., Anderson, C. (Vocal Soloist), Luchsinger, B. (Instrumental Soloist), Serrin, B. (Instrumental Soloist). “Chocolate Kisses.” International Horn Symposium, University of North Texas, Denton TX. (May 17, 2012).

Street, P. E., Anderson, C. (Vocal Soloist), Luchsinger, B. (Instrumental Soloist), Serrin, B. (Instrumental Soloist). “Tonight I Can Fly.” International Horn Symposium, University of North Texas, Denton TX. (May 17, 2012).

Street, P. E., Kockel, A. . “Tonight I Can Fly.” Hamburg, Germany. (April 9, 2012).

Newspapers

Street, P. E. (2012). Hometown Holiday to Unite Dayton Performing Forces (50th ed., vol. 9, pp. 1, 5-6). Dayton, OH: Dayton City Paper.

Street, P. E. (2012). "The Scottish Slasher: Dayton Opera Presents 'Lucia di Lammermoor'" (43rd ed., vol. 9, pp. 11). Dayton, OH: Dayton City Paper.

Street, P. E. (2012). "On Their Toes for 75 Years! Dayton Ballet Celebrates 'Past and Present'" (42nd ed., vol. 9, pp. 1, 11). Dayton, OH: Dayton City Paper.

Street, P. E. (2012). "Menopause the Musical Heats up the Victoia Stage" (41st ed., vol. 9, pp. 9). Dayton, OH: Dayton City Paper.

Street, P. E. (2012). "Cirque Musica Brings High Flying Acrobatics to Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra SuperPops SeriesSeason" (39th ed., vol. 9, pp. 9). Dayton, OH: Dayton City Paper.

Street, P. E. (2012). "'A Unique Twist on a Classic' Bizet’s Carmen Sings on Victoria’s Stage" (20th ed., vol. 9, pp. 12). Dayton, OH: Dayton City Paper.

Street, P. E. (2012). "Dayton Music Club Scholarship Winners to Shine in Gala" (15th ed., vol. 9, pp. 17). Dayton, OH: Dayton City Paper.

Street, P. E. (2012). "Metropolitan Tenor Marcello Giordani Brings Star Power to Dayton Opera Star Gala" (10th ed., vol. 9, pp. 9). Dayton, OH: Dayton City Paper.

Street, P. E. (2012). "Dayton Opera Presents a Timeless Classic: Romeo and Juliette, with Veleta Tempranillo" (8th ed., vol. 9, pp. 11). Dayton, OH: Dayton City Paper.

Performances

Street, P. E. “Berea College Alumni Christmas Party Music.”, Berea College Alumni, Springboro, OH. (December 13, 2012).

Street, P. E. “School of Law Holiday Reception.”, University of Dayton School of Law, Moraine Country Club, Moraine, OH. (December 12, 2012).

Street, P. E. “Pianofest: University of Dayton Piano Ensemble in Concert.” University of Dayton Piano Ensemble, UD Department of Music, Schuster Center, Dayton, OH. (April 17, 2012).

Street, P. E. (Performer), Welch, R. (Performer), McCrady, M. (Performer), Chenoweth, R. K, Payne, J. (Performer). “University of Dayton China Institute Grand Opening Concert.”, University of Dayton, Suzhou, China. (August 8, 2012).

Workshops

Street, P. E. “Understanding the Romantic Period: Four Workshops.” Greater Dayton Suzuki Association, Fairborn, OH. (October 13, 2012).

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Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.