The American Studies Department offers students two distinct but interconnected undergraduate majors -- American Studies and Media & Communications -- along with a graduate degree in Liberal Studies.
Our programs develop within students an enhanced understanding of the meanings of citizenship and foster a critical understanding of events and issues defining the nation in the past and present.
Renovated Media Innovation Center Debuts
A central hub of activity for students in the Media & Communications major is the Media Innovation Center, which in Fall 2023 re-opened after more than $1 million in renovations were conducted to create modern media laboratory committed to multimedia content instruction, production and distribution.
Laura Chipley and Samara Smith earned a second National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support the development of the "Virtual Aquapolis" immersive virtual reality project.
Students for more than 40 years have launched successful careers in national, regional and local media after gaining practical experience on staff at a SUNY Old Westbury student media outlet.