American Studies

To better understand urban politics on public housing, students enrolled in Politics 234 visited the former site of Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes on the city’s South Side. Students were able to see first hand the scarcity of resources available to residents of this Chicago community and the new mixed-income developments being built where the projects once stood.

American Studies isn’t simply coursework in American history or literature, it’s an in-depth look at the American experience through the eyes of many people, past and present. Students examine the rich connections between art, economics, anthropology, and philosophy as they relate to the United States.

With Chicago just 30 miles south of Lake Forest, many students and faculty make use of its vast resources. Some take their exploration of race, gender, religion, politics, or the intersections of those fields, down Route 66, to their home states, and into off-campus study programs. What does it mean to be American? Start with a look around the College.

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I wanted a major that would combine my passion for American history and politics with the humanities.
Nicole Drechsel '15

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Siobhan Moroney
Associate Professor of Politics
Chair of American Studies
Chair of Legal Studies
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Kathy Hawkins
Department Assistant
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Prachi Rangan
Department Assistant
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