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Skidmore College
American Studies Department

Student Learning Goals

Students who graduate with an American Studies degree should be able to:

  • locate, credit, and effectively evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • approach any inquiry with multiple methods and approaches
  • produce scholarship that cuts across and bridges traditional disciplinary lines
  • be reflexive and ask questions of sources, texts and ourselves
  • demonstrate written communication skills—i.e., write well in clear, concise English prose
  • exhibit oral communication skills—i.e., speak well in class, extemporaneously and formally
  • demonstrate facility with presentation skills, tools, and technologies
  • design and execute small and large-scale research projects
  • consider the epistemological implications of how we know what we know
  • understand that American identity and culture are shaped by social and political forces and historically and geographically contextual/contingent
  • examine questions of social justice and equity across intersectional identities
  • make connections between course work and the larger world
  • embrace an enduring passion for learning.