Careers in American Studies
Besides providing a rich liberal arts education, training in American Studies develops skills in writing and analysis and strengthens the ability to recognize connections among complex materials and diverse phenomena. American Studies graduates obtain careers in business, communications, government service, law, social services, and teaching. The major is also a fine background for graduate work in the field or in related fields.
Compiled below is a set of articles and links to assist current and future American Studies students and alumni in thinking through their professional options. We hope you'll find them useful. As well, consider visiting our Alumni Facebook Page to connect with graduates who have gone on to interesting and rewarding careers in a variety of fields.
Professional Options for American Studies Grads
- The ASA discusses careers for AMST students
- John Ibson, "What's the Use? American Studies after Graduation"
- Angela Foster, "What to do with a Degree in American Studies"
FAQs: Applying to American Studies Graduate Programs
What are Other AMST Alums Doing with Their Degrees?
- Read profiles of CSUF American Studies Alumni
USMB alumni discuss how an AMST degree helped their careers
Deciding Whether a PhD is Right for You: A Variety of Perspectives
- Karen Kelsky, "Graduate School is a Means to a Job"
- Thomas Benton, "Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Don't Go"
- "Should I get a PhD?" LabSpaces Blog
- "So You Want To Get a PhD in the Humanities" (this one's just for fun)