New American Studies program to debut this fall at Hodges

Starting this fall, Hodges University will offer a Bachelor of Science in American Studies degree. The program is the first cultural studies program offered in Southwestern region of Florida.

According to Dr. Jeanette Brock, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hodges, one of the reasons for developing the program was the University’s increasingly diverse student population. “The American Studies degree will address the sociopolitical characteristics of America, cultural nuances, and the day-to-day expectations of an American citizen,” she said. “The degree should prepare minority students and native born Americans to be involved in civic engagement as part of American culture.”

Students who graduate with an American Studies degree will have a better understanding of American society and political processes. The program will also increase awareness of the role citizens must play within the political system and recognize the responsibilities that go along with being an American citizen.

Students will acquire research, reading, writing and critical thinking skills, as well as problem-solving skills through case studies that specifically involve the United States.

Graduates of the program should have the knowledge to assimilate into and/or appreciate the American culture, thereby improving their opportunities in the job market.

For more information about this or any of the degree programs offered at Hodges University, phone (239) 513-1122.

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