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About American Studies

Fascinated by the United States’ developing response to challenges and opportunities of an ever-expanding global landscape? Are you eager to look at visual culture, media, social movements and literature through the lens of American history and politics, and their relationship with the world? Then you should consider becoming an American Studies Major.

American Studies incorporates analysis, inquiry and debate to focus on the various expressions of American society contained in American history, art and literature. Students graduate with highly marketable skills in research and writing, and critical evaluation.


Classes you can take:

American Independent Cinema, International Marketing, Pursuing the American Dream, American Empire, The 1960s, Geography of the American West, Cultures of American Radicalism, History of Hip-Hop and Rap Music, Harlem Renaissance

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Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes$41,240 - $114,470
Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other$23,590 - $94,090
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary$42,280 - $154,030
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary$38,850 - $194,580
Education Teachers, Postsecondary$36,410 - $163,020
Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers$28,960 - $71,730
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors$45,410 - $102,650

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Looking for internship experience? American Studies majors have participated in co-op programs with the Margaret Sanger Papers Project, New York Public Library, Figment Public Arts Project, Mahwah Museum, Jewish Heritage Museum, NJ Historical Society, and have interned with political campaigns.