The Hillyer College American Studies concentration offers students a multidisciplinary understanding of the literary, political, historical, and cultural foundations of American identity – where it has been, how it is changing, and where it may be heading.
The American Studies concentration is part of the Hillyer College liberal arts core curriculum which facilitates the transfer of credits within the University of Hartford. Students who complete their Hillyer College requirements in the recommended two years not only receive an Associate of Arts degree, but also are prepared to complete, within a total of four years, most baccalaureate degrees offered by the University.
The American Studies concentration provides an excellent background for the student who wants to pursue a career in history, literature, law, government, politics, or the environment. The program has a rich and varied curriculum that requires students to take five courses selected from a long list of classes in art, literature, history, government, and sociology.
These courses include: American Literature; Studies in American Environmental Literature; African American Literature; American National Government; the American Judicial System; Urban Politics; United States History; John Brown’s Body: Political Violence in American History; Studies in Social Problems; and Sociological Perspectives on the Connecticut River.
In these classes and others, students advance their understanding of both the United States and of their individual identity. At the same time, students position themselves to succeed in future baccalaureate and graduate level studies in the liberal arts and elsewhere.
Students who choose American studies as a concentration often travel to historic locations such as Pearl Harbor or Manhattan as part of their course work.