Career Opportunities 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 Historic Sites/Historical Societies Public Interest Groups
American Friends Service Hotels/Restaurants/Resorts Public Relations Firms
American Schools Abroad Insurance Companies Real estate firms
Archives Int'l. Exchange Programs Research Firms
Book/Magazine Publishers Labor Unions Retail Stores
Civic Organizations Law Firms Social Service Agencies
Collection Agencies Libraries Television/Radio Stations
Colleges/Universities Marketing firms Think tanks
Consulting Firms Mental health organizations Travel Agencies
Cultural Organizations Museums United Nations
Educational Institutions Newspapers/Magazines Wholesale/Retail Operations
Entertainment Firms Polictical Organizations
Foundations Professional Associations
Government Agencies
CIA/FBI Federal/State Congressional Offices National Security Agency
Civil Rights Commission Institute of Museum and Library Services  Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Consumer Affairs Office Library of Congress Smithsonian Institution
Department of Commerce NJ Travel & Tourism Division U.S. Customs Service
Department of Justice National Archives & Records Administration U.S. Department of State
Department of State National Endowment for the Humanities US Department of Education
Drug Enforcement Administration National Park Service Voice of America

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - American Studies

Organization Job Title
SilvergAte prep Other Teachers And Instructors
The Uncommon Thread Therapists
Teach For America Counselors
Elmwood Cemetery Historical Tour Guide
Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission Archival Assistant

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - 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 -The State University of NJ Education Social Studies Education
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Social Work Counseling and Violence Against Women and Children
Rutgers University M.Ed. Elementary Education
Rutgers University JD Law
University of Georgia PhD College Student Affairs Administration

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