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American Studies


Mary Baldwin College’s main campus is in downtown Staunton, Virginia in the central Shenandoah Valley — an area abounds with music, theatre, film, and the visual arts. In fact, all our regional centers have access to an abundance of cultural resources.

Most MBC regional centers are within driving distance of Washington, D.C., Jamestown, Williamsburg, Civil War sites, and historic reminders of the European immigration to Virginia, the African slave trade and the original native peoples of Virginia.

Mary Baldwin College is uniquely situated to afford students in American Studies the opportunity to engage with expressions of American life through internships, applied research, and field work.  Some of the many options for students in the Staunton/Weyers Cave/Charlottesville area:

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

The Museum of American Frontier Culture

Annual African-American Heritage Festival

The R.R. Smith Center for History and Art

The P. Buckley Moss Museum, celebrating one of American’s most popular artists

The homes of three presidents –
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
James Madison’s Montpelier
James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland

The Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center

The Crossroads Heritage Center

The Blue Ridge Parkway with access to the Appalachian Trail