A World of Possibilities

The distinctive interdisciplinary approach of American Studies fosters well-rounded intellectual development. Students will acquire career skills in research, writing, critical analysis, argumentation, and documentation. The kind of intellectual skills provided by rigorous, interdisciplinary study are increasingly being recognized as the appropriate foundation for success in careers and post-baccalaureate programs ranging from business and management to law.

Information on American Studies Careers

Compiled below is a set of articles and links to assist current and future American Studies students and alumni in thinking through their professional options. 

The ASA discusses careers for AMST students 

What to do with a degree in American Studies

Graduate School a Means to a Job 

Careers and Opportunities

A degree in American Studies prepares students for multiple career options where depth and breadth of knowledge about American culture is essential. Leaders in a variety of industries can point to their training in American Studies as a foundation for their success. An education in American Studies will be particularly appropriate for students interested in pursuing careers in the following fields:

  • Advertising Specialist
  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist
  • Art Dealer
  • Archaeologist
  • Artist
  • Attorney
  • Business Manager
  • Communications Specialist
  • Community Action Specialist
  • Community Relations Director
  • Congressional Aide
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Customer Relations Representative
  • Diplomat
  • Economic Development Analyst
  • Editor
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Historian
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • International Banker
  • International Relations Specialist
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer/Legal Assistant
  • Legislator
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Specialist
  • Museum Curator
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Political Scientist
  • Politician
  • Professor/Educator
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Publications Specialist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Television Producer
  • Urban Planner
  • Writer/Author

A degree in American Studies also prepares students for graduate work in a variety of disciplines.