Become a teacher, an American studies professor, diplomat, government employee, archivist, or museum curator.
“The professors are the best part of the program. They are masters of their areas of expertise, and maybe more importantly, just good people,” said Ryan Shales ‘15, a Rochester social studies teacher who began the American studies degree program in the fall of 2013. He is pursuing this to get his professional teaching certification and open the door to other opportunities. Before studying in Hungary in spring 2015, he was offered a position in the Peace Corps at a university or college in China beginning in the summer. “I have always seen the teaching of cultural understanding at younger ages as key to developing sustainable international peace.”
Education: B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Boston College; Ph.D., Boston College
Teaching and Research Interests: Exploring the nature of the human being through a philosophical analysis of the concept of life. In particular, the problem of language, the role it plays in human life, and how language relates to the structure of the human being.
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