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American Studies


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About American Studies

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Are you often the one finding the deeper meaning in books, movies, and television shows? Are you looking at the state of the country and telling yourself “there must be a better way”? And do you want to keep your options open for what comes after graduation?

If you said yes to any one of these questions, the American Studies major at Ramapo College could be the right choice for you.

As an American Studies major, you’ll examine all aspects of the United States – its prevailing myths and ideals, its growing role in the world, and its communities around class, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Our students graduate with broad cultural fluency and highly marketable skills in research and writing.

Classes you can take:

Native Americans, Museums in America, Hip Hop and Society, TV Noir and American Culture, Immigration to America, Discovering Digital History, Voices of Protest in Literature, American Musical Traditions, American Party Politics, Black Experience through Theater


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Career Opportunities

We have graduates who work in government, who are small business owners, and who have gone on to graduate school to become lawyers and librarians. Others are working as school teachers in different subjects (from STEM to social studies) and at all levels. Still others work in the corporate sector, for healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical technology, digital media and other companies. In short, American Studies alumni have pursued diverse career paths and attribute their success to the academic training and community cohesion they encountered at Ramapo.

Hands-On Learning

Looking for internships or other “real-world” experience while in college? American Studies majors have participated in programs at the New York Public Library, Mahwah Museum, Jewish Heritage Museum, and New Jersey Historical Society; worked on New Jersey political campaigns; and have held positions at Ramapo’s own Jane Addams Papers Project and the 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.

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