American Studies


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.  

Undergraduate Offerings
Graduate Offerings
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Faculty Spotlight

Lisa Payton is a writer on the hit Apple TV+ show "Truth Be Told," starring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer. 

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Student Media

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.