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About American Studies

Detroit Industry, North Wall, by Diego Rivera, 1932-33Fascinated 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 the American Left, History of Hip-Hop and Rap Music, Harlem Renaissance

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What Our Alumni Are Doing

Our alumni are working at non-profit organizations, in corporate media, and at primary and secondary schools. Several have pursued graduate school education, while others have worked in university career services and even owned their own bookstores. In short, American Studies alumni make their way into a richly diverse career field and attribute their success to the academic training and community cohesion they encountered at Ramapo.

Looking for internship experience? American Studies majors have participated in programs at the New York Public Library, Mahwah Museum, Jewish Heritage Museum, and NJ Historical Society; worked on New Jersey political campaigns; and have held positions at Ramapo’s own Jane Addams Papers Project and American History Textbook Project. Looking to study abroad? American Studies majors have embarked on programs around the world while taking classes that count towards graduation at home. Our majors have presented their work at regional conferences and campus events, gaining marketable experience in endeavors that enhance their educations while expanding their resumés.