What Can You Do with an American Studies Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with an American Studies degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with an American Studies degree?

An American Studies degree is a liberal arts degree and therefore doesn’t necessarily point toward a particular career field. Neither does it limit you to one. American Studies is a relatively new major and as people earn this degree, they continue to define what it means to have this degree.

So far, the options are many. American Studies majors often go on to become teachers, both elementary and secondary, though this will likely require extra coursework and certification. But teaching isn’t limited to the classroom. Some of these graduates teach in museums, parks, and galleries.

Some American Studies majors become experts in history, and end up working as historic preservationists, public historians, and/or working for museums and libraries (though it will take graduate school for librarian certification).

Some American Studies majors are expert researchers, and work for museums, historical societies, advertising agencies, marketing firms, and even the government.

A degree in American Studies requires a lot of writing, so often, these students turn into great writers, and go on to work as writers and editors, particularly for government agencies. They also tend to have a flare for persuasive writing, and this, combined with a knowledge for what America values, makes them good candidates for advertising and marketing positions.

Careers you can get with a degree in American Studies include:

  • Archivist
  • Editor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Filmmaker
  • Historical Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Paralegal
  • Public Historian
  • Teacher
  • Writer
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