Careers in American Studies
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. A degree in American Studies also prepares students for graduate work in a variety of disciplines.
American Studies Careers
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 many types of careers. Careers of interest could be
within the following fields: Community Relations, Cultural Affairs, Diplomacy, Historic
Preservation, and/or Museum Curator.
The list below includes 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
Montana State University offers helpful services through the Career, Internship, and Student Employment Services. Be on the look out for career fairs, networking, and career preparation events.