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Welcome to the Department of American Studies

    • Our Mission and Philosophy

      Founded in 1945, the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, is considered to be one of the leaders in the field nationwide. As one of the oldest and best regarded American Studies departments, we pride ourselves on dynamic and innovative teaching, cutting-edge research, and close collaborations with Washington D.C.’s cultural institutions.

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    • Major in American Studies

      The undergraduate program of American Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the cultural complexities of the United States and the people, places, literary and visual arts, ideas, and institutions that comprise it. This interdisciplinary focus on cultural constructions and identity is complemented with courses outside the American Studies department. Through majoring in American Studies, students will gain transferable skills in critical thinking, verbal and written communications, analytical thinking, and research, all of which are sought by employers and advanced degree programs.

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    • What Can You Do With A Degree in American Studies?

      An American Studies degree can be shaped to fit a variety of fields and the broad skill set you acquire allows you to apply your knowledge in many exciting areas. Our students have entered into a range of dynamic industries including: Arts, Government, Academia/Education, Non-Profit/Philanthropy, Communications/Media, Advertising, Technology, Food & Hospitality Services, Entertainment, Social Services and more! Sample job titles include: • Archivist • Librarian • FBI/CIA Agent • Law  Enforcement • Biographer • Park Ranger • Museum Curator • Urban Planner • Lawyer • Lobbyist

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    • Great Career Outcomes

      A mayor. A lawyer. A football star and philanthropist. A museum curator. An activist. The success of our alumni is far reaching

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