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Peyton Lucey, Class of 2016

American Studies major Peyton Lucey  has a concentration in Material Culture and the Built Environment and is minoring in Studio Art. She was drawn to American Studies for reasons that most majors have in common: a multitude of interests and a desire to mold their major. Peyton is from Denver, Colorado. She went to the Denver School of the Arts from 6-12th grade and majored in dance. She always knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the arts because she loved growing up in a liberal community, but did not want to continue in dance. When she was exploring ideas for undergraduate studies, she developed an interest in Art Therapy. She was told that DePaul had an Art Therapy program and was eager to explore Chicago since her mother often visited for business trips.

When Peyton was at her DePaul orientation, she found out that the Art Therapy program only applied to graduate students, so she had to explore alternate options.

Peyton remained Undeclared until her sophomore year. She dabbled in various courses including Psychology and Communications, but did not feel like she was thoroughly invested in her work. She visited her Academic Advisor who recommended she major in American Studies minor in Studio Art. He explained that the program engages extensively with all the students, and that it would provide her with a strong track toward her ultimate goal of attending graduate school.

Once she began taking courses, she realized that American Studies had the best of everything she was looking for: communications, history, and media.

The best part of AMS is the idea that you can look at everything analytically, in ways you can deeply and personally understand. I feel like your own context plays into this major more than others. How do all these things affect us?

After graduation, Peyton is planning on going to graduate school for Art Therapy. She is looking into different internship programs at the moment like “The Art Room.” She wants to focus on helping elementary school children cope emotionally through artistic expression.