Since the early 1960s, when Lehigh University established its undergraduate program, American Studies has been a salient part of the offerings of the college of Arts and Sciences. It has graduated hundreds of students who have gone on to a wide range of careers. This new M.A. program builds on that achievement and on the College of Arts and Sciences faculty members who are particularly strong -- both in teaching and research -- in the disciplines associate with American studies: history, literature, political science, sociology, and religion studies. In addition to those areas, among the areas of specialization of the faculty in the American Studies program are science, technology and society; colonial America; gender and sexuality; Africana studies; religious or political thought; American politics, popular culture, film and media studies. The American Studies graduate program grew out of student, faculty and community interest. A primary goal is to appeal to students who want to continue in graduate training in one of the component disciplines and yet feel an interdisciplinary base for understanding American culture is necessary.
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education