American Studies

American Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the historical, political, social, and cultural realities that have shaped the development of America's diverse populations.  In today's culturally diverse world, a major in American Studies would be a valuable asset.  This major provides students with a broad liberal arts education, leading to the development of skills like critical thinking, effective communication, comparative analysis, and general social theory.  Students will be required to take a required core of American Studies courses, but will have the option to take courses from a number of different disciplines, including anthropology, philosophy, sociology, geography, history, English, and other foreign languages.  Students in American Studies will be well prepared to competitively pursue careers in education, law, medicine, public health, public relations, journalism, politics, social work, business, counseling, and more.   Please note that some of the careers below will require further education.

Related Career Titles: 

Cultural Anthropologist
Human Resource Manager
Public Relations
Social Worker
Teacher (Elementary and Secondary)

Related American Studies Links:

American Ethnic Studies Research Guide
The National Association for Ethnic Studies
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Where else can I find information?

USF Department of American Studies
Occupational Outlook Handbook
O*Net Online