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Student Profile: Casey Smitson (Class of 2014)

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  • major in American studies with minors in German; Management & Organizations
  • from Zionsville, IN


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I love that I can take history, German, literature, and business classes and have them all relate back to American culture!
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On American Studies

"One of my favorite things about the American Studies program is that it is so interdisciplinary. I spent my first year at Miami as an undeclared major because I had a variety of interests and did not want to limit myself to just one area of study. After taking my first AMS class, I realized that the American Studies program would not, unlike most of the majors that I had been considering, force me to choose just one of my interests to pursue.

"I love that I can take history, German, literature, and business classes and have them all relate back to American culture! American Studies has helped me to better understand and participate in American culture by encouraging me to make and think critically about these connections."

The Classroom

"The dynamic nature of American Studies classes makes them truly exciting. Professors make a point to present material using a variety of sources ranging from novels to episodes of The Simpsons. I look forward to going to these classes because I know that they will be both challenging and relevant. This style of instruction has helped me to develop writing and analytical skills that have been beneficial in my other classes and that will also be valuable to me in my life after Miami."

German and American Studies?

"Although at first glance German and American Studies seem unrelated, I have discovered that my study of German provides me with the unique opportunity to view American culture from an outside perspective. I plan to study abroad next year and hope to improve my language proficiency while gaining insight to American culture by studying it through a foreign lens."

[October 2011]

 

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