American Studies Seminar at the American Antiquarian Society
Every fall, students from Assumption College participate in the interdisciplinary American Studies Seminar at the American Antiquarian Society, where a visiting professor explores a different topic each year. In addition to classroom discussions of assigned readings, students pursue an independent original research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor and the curators and librarians at the AAS. In developing their projects, students have access to a variety of primary sources in the AAS archives, including newspapers, lithographs, maps, letters, photographs, and city directories. Recent topics have included “Religion in America’s Founding,” “Clothing and Culture in America,” and “Sexualities in Early America.” Admission to the seminar is highly competitive.