2014 Student Spotlight

James Rohaley

(Class of 2015)

photo of James Rohaley"I took my first American studies (AMS) class with Professor Andrew Busch and knew I wanted to continue with that subject as well as marketing, so I decided to merge both of them together as my minor and major respectively. After that I never really looked back—and I've loved every second of it."

Read what James had to say about integrating his AMS minor with a Marketing major.

Carly Kimiecik

(Class of 2015)

photo of Carly Kimiecik"American studies has sparked my interests in the cultural aspects of health, and it's helped me gain a lot of analytical skills. We have to read really dense articles sometimes and develop our writing. Health Promotion majors don't focus so much on writing, so this is why American studies is great for me. It's very open and interdisciplinary, and we do a lot of different presentations in my classes."

Read what Carly had to say about her research and study abroad experiences.

Olivia Harrison

(Class of 2015)

photo of Olivia Harrison"I feel completely at home with the American Studies Program. It feels small and intimate … It feels great that the faculty know me, even outside of the classroom, so I can stop by during office hours and chat about all sorts of things."

Read what Olivia had to say about her internships and American Studies research.

Sara Giska

(Class of 2016)

photo of Sara Giska"[My International Studies major] allows me to focus on certain global issues that I'm passionate about and to explore them from different perspectives … I really enjoy the fact that ITS is an interdisciplinary major. It's important to think of your education as cumulative rather than focusing on one particular field. Being in the liberal arts definitely gives you an advantage."

Read what Sara had to say about her study abroad experiences and her passion for languages.