This interdisciplinary field draws on courses from 12 departments, giving a broad perspective of the history, art, politics, religion, popular culture, literature and other features of American life.
This highly individualized program tailors course work to personal interests and needs. Students develop a thematic core around which to build an innovative course of study. Themes may be centered on a specific era (e.g., antebellum America or the United States since the Cold War) or a topic (e.g., the emergence of mass culture or issues of ethnicity and race in American life).
One unique opportunity students pursue is Union's Civil Rights Public History mini-term, a three-week tour of sites of the major civil rights actions in the American South. In unforgettable and unparalleled experiences, students visit iconic sites and meet with participants of the Civil Rights movement in numerous cities, from Charleston, S.C., to New Orleans, La.