Social and Cultural Analysis (American Studies) (BA)

The Social and Cultural Analysis program offers a concentration in American Studies, focusing 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 our graduates to be vital assets in civil rights organizations, NGOs, and in the political and corporate sectors.

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.

Degree Offered

Social and Cultural Analysis (American Studies) (BA)
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Career Outlook

Graduates of this program are prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary for graduate work as well as for careers in government, education, business and nonprofit organizations. Due to the emphasis on culture and identity, students develop respect for and sensitivity to diverse populations. Graduates flourish in areas as varied as:

  • civil rights organizations
  • colleges and universities
  • corporations
  • government agencies
  • law firms
  • libraries
  • museums
  • nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Peace Corps
  • political action groups
  • public relation firms
  • research organizations
  • social service agencies

Example Careers

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
Copy Writers2.3%$58,850
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 15.1%$68,950
History Teachers, Postsecondary10%$66,840
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Political Scientists-2.3%$104,920
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$73,790

* 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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