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. He’ll study in Hungary in spring 2015 and has been 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.”
This program emphasizes the role of globalization; diversity and the need for cultural competencies; American history; contemporary American society; and an appreciation for American literature, humanities, and the arts. Elective course options include: