Professor Mark Rice speaking with female student
American Studies
  • Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Typical class size: 20 - 25
  • Fisher family:1

American Studies

The United States is deeply enmeshed in global politics and economics. The American studies program at St. John Fisher College provides a thorough understanding of American society, government, and values, whereby you can put the role of this lynchpin nation into proper perspective.

The American studies program helps you to understand multiple approaches to the study of American culture, all the while honing your ability to conduct independent research and draw your own conclusions. You will be prepared to live a meaningful life as an informed citizen, aware of your rights and responsibilities in an increasingly complex global environment.

A strong emphasis on writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills prepare you for a number of different professions.

Program Overview

Mirroring the diversity found in American culture, the American studies program at Fisher draws from a number of sources to offer a comprehensive view of the nation’s multifaceted landscape. Through the study of literature, arts, history, politics and social movements, you will gain a holistic understanding of United States culture. More to the point, the program’s interdisciplinary nature gives you the ability to make connections between different ideas and concepts, which leads to deeper analysis and, ultimately, practical problem-solving.

In addition to liberal arts Core requirements, 12 credits in concentrated American studies coursework is required for the degree major. In addition, you will choose 24 credits of elective classes from content areas covering American history, the social sciences, and the humanities. There are additional specific requirements for American studies majors who are also majoring in inclusive adolescence education.

You will be encouraged to study abroad in this discipline, and internship opportunities abound for American studies majors.

Life After Fisher

The program's diverse approach bolsters your credentials as a well-rounded employee, no matter the field you decide to pursue upon graduation. As an American studies graduate, ample career opportunities are open to you in:

  • Business
  • Government administration
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Museum curation/collections management
  • Political representation
  • Public service
  • Teaching
  • Urban planning

American studies prepares our graduates both for careers right out of college and for further study in graduate school. Students choose this major for its flexibility and the ability to craft an individualized education around their interests. ”


Mark Rice
  • Dr. Mark Rice
  • Professor and Chair, American Studies Department

My degree in American studies has allowed me to excel in my career at a young age. The program taught me how to establish a position on a particular issue and convey a consistent message while addressing alternative perspectives. ”


Peter Stoller
  • Peter Stoller
  • Executive Director, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) - Rochester, NY Chapter