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American Studies

What is American Studies? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
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Miscellaneous Links OSU-Cascades American Studies Program

What is American Studies?

According to OSU-Cascades, "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. Because teaching faculty members come from several different disciplines, you learn to approach course objectives from many scholarly vantage points.

"This kind of skillful thinking is more important today than ever before. Today, all of us are confronted with information from a variety of different sources-television, film, print and electronic news sources-and we seek to teach the strategies and the tools necessary to navigate the complexities of an informal society. We are convinced that equipping you to navigate a global world means teaching the skills needed to reflect deeply on issues of equity, environment, and cultural diversity. Across the country, American Studies majors go on to apply knowledge in a broad number of fields, sparking new thinking and practices in business, education, art, law, medicine, and politics.

"Over and over again American Studies graduates prove the immeasurable value and applicability of liberal arts training and education. We are certain that providing you with the skills and resources to think critically, globally, and democratically is at the heart of what a modern university must do to achieve relevance for the world in which all of us live."

American Studies - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

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Related Skills

Communication Skills (Oral & Written)


Negotiation Skills

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Organization Skills

Cultural Awareness

Interdisciplinary Thinking

Research Skills

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Career Jet - In one simple search, Careerjet gives job seekers access to thousands of jobs sourced from various internet sites, saving the trouble of having to visit each site individually. Job seekers can also specify the kind of work they are looking for and where they would like to do it.

Employment and Fellowships

Academic 360

Teach for America

Student Affairs

Higher Ed Jobs

The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Federal Jobs Network

United States Senate

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

American Studies Careers

Law Student Center

Professional Association Links

American Studies Association

International American Studies Association

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Law School Admissions Council

American Bar Association

U.S. Department of State

Miscellaneous Links

American Quarterly

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