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American Studies


The American studies program at Coe offers a broad understanding of American culture by exploring America’s rich and unique diversity, as well as the aspects that unite Americans as a people and a nation.

If you pursue a degree in American studies at Coe, you will have the opportunity to work with instructors across a wide variety of disciplines. The program affords the flexibility to tailor most of your coursework around your specific interests in American culture while learning to synthesize a variety of sources into coherent ideas. You also will be encouraged to integrate resources from the larger Cedar Rapids community into your plan of study.

If you’re seeking experiences and studies not easily contained within a single discipline, you might find the interdisciplinary nature of American studies appealing. American studies is similar to other disciplines in the humanities in that it develops your ability to think critically and to articulate those ideas effectively in writing. The program stresses the strong liberal arts experience that broadens intellectual horizons while providing sound preparation for a successful career in your desired field.

Delaney Cummins

Not one internship, but three

Delaney Cummings ’15

“Coe helped me prepare for my career by supporting me through all my internships. Without those internships I wouldn't have realized that my success in the classroom can be transferable in the workplace.”

An American studies major and history minor, Delaney completed three government internships before graduating from Coe. She interned at the National Museum of the United States Navy, National Archives and Records Administration and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. She’s pursuing a master’s degree in museum studies at George Washington University.