Students new to American Studies often ask:
- What’s in this degree for me?
- Where will it take me?
- And, more generally, what is the value of a Liberal Arts & Sciences degree in today’s world?
Though centered on the Humanities (aka Literature, History, Religious Studies, and the like), this video does an admirable job of explaining the value of the Liberal Arts & Sciences in a rapidly changing, global society:
- Dr. Christina Paxson, an economist, makes “The Economic Case for Saving the Humanities” (New Republic, August 20, 2013)
- Millennial Branding’s “Student Employment Gap Survey” finds that employers seek Liberal Arts majors almost as much as Engineering or Computer Science majors (and more than Finance majors) (May 14, 2012)
- Drs Amanda Klein (ECU) and Kristin Warner (Alabama) clarify what Liberal Arts majors bring to the party in terms of skill set. (Chronicle of Higher Ed, July 6, 2016)
Additional resources to help in your pursuit of an AMST degree:
Career Options explains what you can do with a degree in American Studies.
The Links page is full of information and academic resources to help in your studies of American culture and society. This includes digital primary and secondary source repositories and blogs of interest to the field.