Understand our cultures and transform the world!
The American studies program helps you to understand multiple approaches to the study of American culture, all the while honing your ability to conduct independent research in order to reach informed conclusions about issues that are important to you. You will be prepared to live a meaningful life as an informed citizen, ready to be publicly engaged in an increasingly complex global environment.
A strong emphasis on writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills prepare you for a number of different professions.
Mirroring the diversity found in American culture, the American studies program at JAVĿ¼ draws from a number of sources to offer a comprehensive view of the nation’s multifaceted landscape. Through the study of literature, arts, history, politics and social movements, you will gain a holistic understanding of United States culture. More to the point, the program’s interdisciplinary nature gives you the ability to make connections between different ideas and concepts, which leads to deeper analysis and, ultimately, practical problem-solving.
In addition to liberal arts Core requirements, 13 credits in concentrated American studies coursework are required for the degree major. In addition, you will choose 21 credits of elective classes from content areas covering American history, the social sciences, and the humanities. There are additional specific requirements for American studies majors who are also majoring in inclusive adolescence education.
If you are interested in taking advantage of study abroad opportunities, we will support you. In addition, internship opportunities abound for American studies majors.
Life After JAVĿ¼
The program's diverse approach bolsters your credentials as a well-rounded employee, no matter the field you decide to pursue upon graduation. As an American studies graduate, ample career opportunities are open to you in:
- Government administration
- Museum curation/collections management
- Political representation
- Public service
- Urban planning
Upon earning your B.A. in American studies, you will be ready to occupy a wide variety of positions. Positions held by graduates of JAVĿ¼’s American studies program include:
- Business owner
- Historic Resource Specialist
- Special education teacher
- College reference librarian
- Director of Policy and Innovation
- Programmer and web developer
As an American studies major, you will have the chance to participate in special projects including a course dedicated to brave conversations.