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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


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - American Studies
Organization Job Title
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
EDS Information Analyst
General & Cologne Life Reinsurance Co Sr. Underwriting Consultant
Graphic Research, Inc Estimator/ Customer Service
Hillsborough Township City Planner
Jane Saloman Personal Injury Attorney (JD)
K. Hornanian, Inc Community Administrator
Law Offices of Vaughn Booker Paralegal
Lehigh Valley Magazine Managing Editor, (MA Journalism)
Liz Claiborne VP Information Technology
Marple Newton School District Teacher
MBC Copy Editor
Merck & Co. Executive Assistant
Meticulous Productions Independent Film Producer
National Park Service Historian
New York Transit Museum Associate Curator (MA Museum Studies)
NJ Institute of Technology Assistant Registrar
NJ Country Roads Magazine Managing Editor
Prudential Financial Security Operations Assoc.
Prudential Property & Casualty Auto Adjuster
Rowan University Professor of American History (PhD)
Univ. of Michigan Professor of American History (PhD)
Rutgers University Admissions Counselor
Salomon Smith Barney Registered Sales Assistant
Security Pacific Corp. Asst. VP/Product Manager
Sedgewick, Noble, Lowndes Account Executive
Smith Barney, Inc Director
Special Recognition Inc Purchaser
Supreme Court (New York) Justice (JD)
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Director of Student Financial Services
U.S Diplomatic Service Cultural Attache
U.S. Trust Company Assistant Vice President

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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