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What Can I Do with a Degree in American Studies?

Like most majors in the humanities, American Studies is not a trade degree that trains you for a specific job, but instead builds a range of skills desired by a wide range of employers.  Among those are critical thinking, problem solving, global and intercultural fluency, and written and oral communication. See the full list of top-ranked competencies

Recent American Studies majors and double-majors at the University of Connecticut have landed jobs with titles such as:

  • Attorney
  • Freelance Digital Producer
  • Media Specialist
  • Editor
  • Director of Education (Museum)
  • Police Officer
  • Continuous Improvement Lead (aerospace industry)
  • Analyst (military)

Our recent alumni in American Studies have worked for employers such as:

  • National Public Radio
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Mystic Seaport
  • Connecticut Community Foundation
  • New York Life Insurance

Graduate Launchpad

Our recent graduates at UConn have also used their American Studies degree as a springboard for graduate study in prestigious programs in law, the humanities, divinity, museum studies, and business.  One of our advisers can help you to craft your cover letter and offer guidance with application materials.


Our majors have also recently interned with employers such as WNPR, the Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, Connecticut River Museum, Mystic Seaport, the Mashantucket Pequout Museum.  They have also served as interns and paralegals with numerous law firms and architectural firms.

Getting on Track

For more information on internships and career opportunities in American Studies, speak to the American Studies contact person at your contact.  You can also make an appointment at the Center for Career Development at UConn.  Their helpful staff can also point you opportunities tailored to your specific passions and goals.