A liberal arts education prepares you for the challenges of a changing and unpredictable world, equipping you with the skills to communicate, debate, solve problems and think critically. Here's a sampling of careers paths for American studies majors.

First Jobs

  • English teacher, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Humanities teaching fellow, Culver, Indiana
  • Kenan-Lewis fellow, Woodberry Forest School, Orange, Virginia


  • Executive editor, Time Magazine
  • Senior manager, Business Operations, Dell Technologies
  • Senior producer, NPR’s Jazz Night in America
  • Artistic advisor, Penumbra Theater
  • Digital curator, Smithsonian Institution Archives
  • Behavioral social scientist, the RAND Corporation
  • Analyst, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Director, wealth advisor, Klingenstein Fields Wealth Advisors
  • Trial attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New Orleans

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