American Studies Program

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"The College of William and Mary established the American Studies Program in 1982, as an interdisciplinary Master of Arts study. The program was the first graduate course of study in American Studies in the state of Virginia. Dr. Robert Scholnick, Professor of English and American Studies, is the founding director of the program. Bruce McConachie, a former professor at the College of William and Mary, and Professor Scholnick developed the curriculum and recruited professors for the program." In the fall semester of 1988, the College welcomed the Program’s first doctoral students."[1]

"In 2008, the American Studies Program celebrated it 25th Anniversary. Over a weekend in March, alumni and current students gathered to discuss their experiences and the professional training American Studies affords for the workforce."[2]


References

  • “W & M going beyond Americana,” "American Studies" folder, University Archives Subject File, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
  • “American Studies celebrates 25th anniversary,” "American Studies" folder, University Archives Subject File, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
  • “History of the Program,” "American Studies" folder, University Archives Subject File, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
  • “Seeking input,” "American Studies" folder, University Archives Subject File, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.