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About the Program

The American Studies Diploma Program is dedicated to historical and critical study of American society and culture, which is both historical and critical. It contributes to a deeper, more specialized understanding of American society, as well as possibilities for life-long lessons and friendships.

In keeping with the tradition of wide-ranging, interdisciplinary research in American studies, diploma students arrive at Smith with a diverse array of scholarly interests and work together to fashion an extraordinarily vibrant and creative intellectual community.

Academic Program

Students take a full courseload throughout the entire academic year, including a special one-semester seminar for the American Studies Diploma Program, "American Society and Culture," and three courses in the student's field of specialization.

Diploma Research Project

All students prepare a diploma research proposal (subject to approval) in their fall semester, and complete this project or equivalent research in the spring.

Five College Opportunity

In addition to classes at Smith College, students have the opportunity to study at the other Five College institutions (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.)

Trip to Washington, D.C.

In recent years, the group has celebrated their success with a year-end trip to the nation's capital.