Social and Cultural Analysis (American Studies), BA

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The Social and Cultural Analysis degree offers a concentration in American Studies, How does American politics, culture, transnationalism, and migration impact ongoing change and conflict? Graduates become vital assets in civil rights organizations, NGOs, & in the political & corporate sectors.

The concentration in American studies focuses on how American politics, culture, transnationalism and migration impact ongoing change and conflict. A greater understanding of how identity is formed around gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity prepares you to be a vital asset in civil rights organizations, NGOs, and the political and corporate sectors.

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The BA program in social and cultural analysis with a concentration in American studies engages in the transdisciplinary and comparative study of the United States as a cultural and political site of ongoing change and conflict.

Students learn diverse methods of analyzing nationalist politics, public and private cultural practices, transnationalism and the nation-making processes of migration, in keeping with the creative and critical scholarship of the discipline. The curriculum also brings attention to identity formations around gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity.

As a transdisciplinary field, American studies unites the social sciences, the humanities and the arts to stimulate students into engaging in rigorous and adventurous conversations about American culture, politics and history. Students explore knowledge beyond disciplinary boundaries by bringing differing perspectives and understandings into dialogue with one another and generating a unique level of intellectual rigor and excitement.

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Social and Cultural Analysis (American Studies), BA

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Gloria CuadrazC. Alejandra ElenesBreanne FahsEduardo PagánSarah StageEric Swank

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Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Archivists 14.3%$51,760
Copy Writers7.6%$61,820
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 10.5%$72,230
Editors-1.4%$58,770
History Teachers, Postsecondary 10.3%$72,690
Lawyers8.2%$119,250
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary 10.6%$81,430

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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