American studies is an interdisciplinary program. It helps students develop an understanding of America as a nation and as a civilization, its place in history, and its impact on Canada and the world.
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree options: BA honours or major; Any degree, minor
The American studies program at Mount Allison examines not only the history, economy, and government of the United States, but delves into its literature, music, and art – painting a complete picture of the country's governance, society, and culture, as well as its place in history and its impact on the world.
This interdisciplinary program draws on courses in a number of different subject areas, including:
- American literature
- American history from the colonial period, to the Civil War, to the present
- Historical geography of North America
In upper years, students have the flexibility of choosing complimentary courses from a wide variety of topics with an American studies component, such as:
- Canadian studies – Canadian-American relations
- Economics – economic growth and tech change, labour-management relations (North America)
- English – African American literature, Asian American literature, cultural studies, postmodernism
- Environmental studies – geography of economic activity, transportation geography
- History – the American social and cultural experience, American women's history
- International relations – global governance, the inter-American system
- Political science – American government and politics, American foreign policy
- Religious studies – apocalyptic consciousness
- Sociology – critical media analysis, dynamics of popular culture
Find a list of American studies courses in the academic calendar – American studies.
Popular career paths for American studies graduates include:
- public policy analyst
- foreign service officer
- public relations specialist
- immigration officer
- economic development officer
- international trade specialist
- international business analyst
- customs officer
- market research analyst
"The American studies program at Mount Allison allowed me to further my knowledge on America through classes in history, literature, politics, and economics. This program is an interdisciplinary program therefore I have greater flexibility in what courses I can enrol in. This allows me to take the classes that best suit my learning style and interests. What a student learns in American studies is pertinent to many more aspects of academic and social life than people think. This program is a hidden gem at Mount Allison that I encourage you to discover."
History, minors in American studies and English ('16)
"I love how broad the subject area is. For example, I’ve taken English and geography courses as part of the program. American studies is a great fit for someone who, like me, is interested in a wide range of subjects. It also gives you the chance to branch out from the study of Canadian history, culture, and politics."
History, minors in American studies and political science ('16)
Isle of Man, UK/Stratford, ON
Dr. Elaine Naylor
Associate professor, history
Research looks at boosterism and the promotion of economic development on the American frontier from the 1850’s to the 1890’s, as well as the violent expulsion of Chinese immigrants from the Puget Sound area.