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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in American Studies



American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that examines American culture and society from the colonial era through the present. American Studies focus on the nature of the American character and American ideas and institutions. Students learn about what motivates Americans, how they think and how they live. Throughout their coursework students are encouraged to develop strong writing, speaking, and analytical skills.

American Studies as a major is versatile and helps develop skills useful anywhere. Graduates can pursue careers in a wide variety of areas, including business, education, government, and the Nonprofit sector. Many careers do not require a specific major, but are chosen on the basis of personal interests, skills, preferences, and ambitions. Regardless of your career plans, it is important to develop your marketability through internships, responsible work experience, good grades, and participation in campus activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Advertising Specialist FBI/CIA Agent Market Research Specialist
Archivist Foreign Service Officer Museum Curator
Attorney Government Agency Admin Nonprofit Administrator
Business Manager Historian Politicial Scientist
Communications Specialist Historic Preservation Specialist Politician
Community Action Specialist Historic Site Administrator Professor/Educator
Community Relations Director Human Resources Specialist Public Administrator
Congressional Aide International Banker Public Policy Specialist
Consumer Advocate International Relations Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Cultural Affairs Officer International Trade Specialist Publications Specialist
Customer Relations Rep Journalist Teacher/Professor
Diplomat Economic Dev. Analyst Legal Assistant Television Producer
Editor/Writer Lobbyist Writer/Author

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Airlines/Airports Entertainment Firms Polictical Organizations
American Friends Service Foundations Professional Associations
American Schools Abroad Historic Sites/Historical Societies Public Interest Groups
Archives Hotels/Restaurants/Resorts Public Relations Firms
Book/Magazine Publishers Insurance Companies Research Firms
Civic Organizations Int'l. Exchange Programs Retail Stores
Collection Agencies Labor Unions Social Service Agencies
Colleges/Universities Law Firms Television/Radio Stations
Consulting Firms Libraries Travel Agencies
Cultural Organizations Museums United Nations
Educational Institutions Newspapers/Magazines Wholesale/Retail Operations


Government Agencies
CIA/FBI Federal/State Congressional Offices Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Civil Rights Commission Library of Congress Smithsonian Institution
Consumer Affairs Office NJ Travel & Tourism Division U.S. Customs Service
Department of Commerce National Archives & Records Administration U.S. Department of State
Department of Justice National Endowment for the Humanities Voice of America
Department of State National Park Service .
Drug Enforcement Administration National Security Agency .

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - American Studies
Organization Job Title


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - American Studies
Andreoni & Associates Communications Consultant (MA Communications)

Assoc. for Retarded Citizens Dir. of Residential Services

Bayonne Board of Education Elementary Teacher

Bloomberg L.P. Business Systems Analyst, (MLS)

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Admissions Associate

CBS Television, "Sixty Minutes" Producer

Charles Jones, LLC Human Resources Generalist

Credit Suisse First Boston Editor

Picture Framing Magazine Editor

DeBari Associates Project Manager

Democratic National Committee Campaign Consultant

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Columbia University PhD Developmental Psychology

Lehigh University PhD American Studies

Pace University JD Law

Rutgers University M.Ed. Elementary Education

Rutgers University JD Law

University of Georgia PhD College Student Affairs Administration

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