What Can I Do with a Major in American Studies?

American Studies students cultivate the intellectual and interpersonal skills needed for fulfilling engagement in public and professional life. American Studies prepares its graduates to thrive in a fast-paced, intercultural, inter-connected global world in which most people change careers several times.

American Studies majors can*:

  • see connections and opportunities between fields
  • understand multiple perspectives
  • excel in a variety of work environments
  • model intercultural understanding
  • learn to be engaged citizens

Some of the diverse fields where American Studies graduates work include**:

  • advertising law
  • diplomacy museums & cultural institutions
  • education
  • non-profit administration
  • entrepreneurship
  • public policy
  • film & television
  • sales & marketing
  • journalism
  • social work

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that American Studies majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to American Studies majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.