BA in American Studies

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The BA in American Studies focuses on the interdisciplinary study of American culture. Majors acquire many of the same skills which are gained in a traditional humanities or social science major, most notably analytical abilities and strong writing. Students gain the ability to make connections between diverse fields and subjects, a capacity for self-direction, and the ability to apply their skills to a variety of contemporary professional fields including: government, economics, social work, education, journalism, business, psychology, law, digital and print media, non-profit work, theater and the arts.


BA in American Studies

In the American Studies major, students take three required courses, then have the choice to customize their major with 24 credits of major electives in one of five areas of concentration:

  • New York: Urban and Regional Studies
  • Civic Engagement and Public Values
  • The Law and American Studies
  • American Arts
  • Individualized Studies

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There are numerous opportunities for American Studies majors seeking career preparation through internships in the following areas:

  • Art
  • Business
  • City planning
  • Conservation
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Non-profit
  • Public history
Career Opportunities

This major prepares graduates for rewarding careers with a variety of employers such as:

  • Battery Park Authority
  • Bar/None Records
  • Departure Films
  • Direct Agents Digital Advertising
  • Firefly Theater Works
  • IBE Consulting Engineers
  • Levine Greenberg Literary Agency
  • Loaded Rock Shows
  • MTV/Viacom
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • Niche Street
  • Oxford University Press
  • Penguin Group
  • Super Duper Records
  • The ASCAP Foundation
  • The Fashion List
  • The Friedrich Agency
  • Warner Brother Music Group