The American Culture Program

Every two years, Randolph College finds a talented and engaging visiting professor to teach a 12-credit immersive course in the spring semester that examines life in the United States through a unique lens. This program extends far beyond class work and offers students the opportunity to travel to different parts of the U.S. during the semester to learn hands-on from experts with real-world experience regarding the chosen topic.

The program is 12 credits, split over several courses that include a weekly seminar to discuss readings, film viewings, meeting with visiting speakers, and taking trips to visit museums, industry professionals, researchers, and everyday citizens who influence and are influenced by, American Culture.

Past topics examined America’s fascination with the human body, the intertwined history of the US and the Carribean, and the importance of activism and social change to address critical issues in the U.S. and worldwide.

This year, Dr. Noel Wolfe is visiting Randolph to encourage discussion about Drugs in American Culture and the intersection of legal and illegal substances with questions of gender, sexuality, race, and class in the U.S., as well as the impact of the War on Drugs on mass incarceration.

Have you ever wondered why people take drugs? What defines doping? Could it ever be considered ethical in sports? What role do drugs play for professional transgender athletes? Why are some drugs legal and others taboo?

As part of the AMCP, you will have the opportunity to address these questions and raise more of your own. This program includes a trip to Denver, Colorado where you will meet with entrepreneurs, researchers, and government officials, and talk to everyday people about the impact that marijuana legalization has had on their lives.

Are you a business or econ major interested in how legalization has impacted Colorado industries? Perhaps you’re driven by scientific inquiry and how different drugs react with our nervous system sparks your interest. Is your interest in sociology and how drugs, gender, sexuality, and race collide in America?

Whatever your major or your interest, this program has something to offer and wants to hear your opinion. The program is free for full-time Randolph Students and accepting applications from sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Want to learn more? Read on about some of the readings, films, speakers, and trips that are part of this year’s program and get your application started today!