Studying in the American Studies major, you will engage contemporary questions about American culture in their historical and global contexts. You will examine these complex issues and processes through a variety of media-film, music, literature, history, politics, and art. We are convinced that equipping you to navigate a global world means teaching the skills needed to reflect deeply on the complex relations among culture, environment, diversity, equity, and democracy. This kind of skillful thinking is more important today than ever before.

Degree: BA/BS in American Studies
American Studies Faculty

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Potential Career Options in American Studies:

Use the career exploration resources to learn about the potential career options below.
(some occupations may require further education/licensure)

Archivist
Community Educator
Content Manager
Curator
Editor
Education Director
Filmmaker
Foreign Service Officer
Freelance Writer
Fund Raiser
Grant Writer
Historian
Historical Consultant
Interpreter
Journalist
Lawyer
Librarian
Litigator
Lobbyist
Mediator
Paralegal
Policy Analyst

Politician
Professor
Public Relations Director
Publisher
Records Manager
Reporter
Researcher
Teacher
Urban/Regional Planner
Volunteer Coordinator
Writer

Where are OSU American Studies alumni working?

(Data obtained from LinkedIn)

Web Content Manager, City of Vancouver Washington
Learning Systems Manager, Multnomah County Library
Climate Change Alliance Support, London Borough of Camden
Attorney, Perkins Coie LLP
Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of Maine
Chief Executive Officer, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce
Narrative Designer/Writer, Irresponsible Games
Senior Contract Specialist, Apria Healthcare
Research Manager, Pew Charitable Trusts
Curator of African American Collections, Emory University
Teacher, Hillsboro School District
Research Associate, SMATE
Director of Accountability, OmnicomMediaGroup
Business Assistant, Benton County

Where have OSU students participated in experiential learning (internships/research/etc.)?

 

Job Search:

In addition to our general job, internship, and volunteer search resources, below are some industry specific resources to help you search for opportunities in American Studies. Don't forget the important process of researching employers and networking with professionals in companies/organizations that you are interested in.

Graduate School:

In addition to our general Graduate/Professional School resources, utilize the following resources for researching advanced degrees in American Studies.

Professional Associations:

Involvement in professional associations can expand your network, keep you up to date on current trends in the field, and give you access to additional job and internship opportunities.

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