Department of History and American Studies

Preparing students for a variety of careers through academics, community engagement, and experiential learning

The Department of History and American Studies is passionate about history and culture, and that passion drives our activities in the classroom and in our scholarship.  Our talented faculty are versed in a variety of topics, teaching styles, and educational environments, and we take seriously our role in undergraduate education at Roger Williams University.  From ancient Assyria or Chiapas land rights, to the American home or steampunk comic-book culture, we are ready to enhance your academic experience.

Students majoring in History and American Studies are encouraged to participate in community engagement and experiential learning opportunities including internships, study abroad, and off-campus programs. On our Bristol campus, we are involved with the Community Partnership Center (CPC) where local organizations work with Roger Williams University to submit requests for assistance to advance their needs. Our students have been an integral part of numerous CPC projects including working numerous museums, foundations and societies on a wide range of initiatives. History and American Studies students are also involved with the Foundation for the International Medical Relief for Children (FIRMC), an organization that offers free medical care to children and mothers.

Please note: By the end of the spring 2020 semester, American Studies will be renamed Cultural Studies. Students registering for fall courses should look for Cultural Studies (CULST) in the catalog. 

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Faculty and Staff

Meet the faculty and staff that make up our History and American Studies programs.

Meet the Faculty and Staff
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Degree Offerings

We offer major and minor degree programs for both History and American Studies. Explore each undergraduate program below:


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Special Course Opportunities

Discover some of the most unique History and American Studies courses offered at the University that our faculty prides itself on teaching. From Crime and Dissent in New England to LGBTQ Lives in America to Super/heroines in American Popular Culture, our faculty looks forward to creating an innovative classroom experience for each student.

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Experiential Learning and Community Engagement

Students have several opportunities to gain real world experience through local community engagement and experiential learning on a global level. Learn more about these opportunities that are vital to our History and American Studies students' education.  

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