A major in American studies improves understanding of life in the United States, past and present, and provides an understanding of some of the ways in which American life and culture have been studied. Such a major serves as excellent preparation for graduate study or professional schools such as law or business.
Please consult the UMW Undergraduate Catalog for specific and up-to-date major requirements.
Thinking About This Major?
The Center for Career & Professional Development has many tools and resources available to help you choose your major. Below are three of them:
Focus 2: A series of reliable, intuitive, career and education decision-making assessments to help students select a major, explore occupations, make informed career decisions, and take action in their career development.
Skills developed as an American Studies major (via Focus2): Decision making, problem solving, reading comprehension, reasoning, speaking
What Can I Do With This Major: Learn more about what you can do as an American Studies major! Some areas of career options are education, Museums and Galleries, nonprofit, business, government, communication, law.
Handshake: UMW’s online career management platform that includes the latest jobs from employers hiring at your school. You can search for organizations based on major, location, job type, and many other categories.
American Studies – Current Job Opportunities
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American Studies – Current Internship Opportunities
American Studies Graduate Data
Note: Undergraduate outcome data is collected by the UMW Career Center each year. The data is then broken down by major in order to determine how many graduates in each major are employed, attending graduate school, or pursuing a different path within 6 months of graduation.
- “knowledge rate” defines the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities
- “career outcome rate” is the number of graduates who have landed in any of the employment categories (full-time, part-time, internship) in addition to service, military, and continuing education divided by the total number of students for whom an outcome is known.
American Studies Alumni (2016-2020)
Total graduates: 25
Knowledge Rate: 92%
Top 5 Industries:
- Retail Stores: 16%
- Other Education: 11%
- Higher Education: 5%
- Transportation & Logistics: 5%
- Social Assistance: 5%
Career Outcome Rate: 91%
- Employed Full-time: 47%
- Employed Part-time: 22%
- Grad School: 17%
- Seeking Employment: 9%
- Volunteer Service: 4%
Where do our Alumni Land?
- National Park Service
- Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
- University of Mary Washington
- Fannie Mae
- Liberty University
- University of Mary Washington
- University of Montana Western
Alumni Success Stories
UMW alumni are excited to help current students and other alumni succeed in their fields. Below are stories from alumni about their experiences at UMW and after.
American Studies Alumni Bios: Learn more about the career paths of our successful American Studies alums.