American Studies

Please visit the American Studies major page for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia.

Concentrations: Southern Studies, Race and Ethnicity, Popular and Visual Culture, and Self Designed.

Field of Study: The study of U.S. culture in its regional, national, and global forms.

Post-Graduate Occupations of Past American Studies Majors

  • Education Specialists
  • Museum Curators
  • Attorneys
  • Publishers
  • Account Managers
  • Public Affairs Specialists
  • Marketing Directors

Professional Associations

Build Your Resume

Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers.  Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:

  • Consider pursuing a graduate or professional degree. The interdisciplinary nature of an American Studies major provides preparation for advanced education in a wide variety of fields.
  • If your desired career path is in research, develop analytical skills. You can gain research experience by working on faculty projects.
  • Further develop specialized skills through targeted internships or by taking specialized courses in fields such as finance, political science, or media studies.
  • Begin volunteering at relevant organizations as a student.
  • Develop strong communication and public speaking skills.

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