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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
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,
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.