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American Studies at Cabrini

The American Studies major explores the values of the peoples of the United States and the Americas through cultural expressions—their history, art, folklore, politics, social mores, and literatures.

As an American Studies major, you will develop skills in critical thinking, research, and writing across the disciplines—skills vital for effective communication and decision-making in many professional contexts.

Contact Information

Darryl Mace, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, History and Political Science
610.902.8182
darryl.c.mace@cabrini.edu

At a glance:

Total Credits for Major

27

Projected job growth to 2024*

4.1%

American Studies Program Details

The American Studies major examines the American experience—the drama and diversity of America's past and present, as well as its values, habits, character, and forms of artistic expression—and probes assumptions about nationalism, investigates what it means to be American, and considers how national identities are expressed.

The interdisciplinary curriculum draws on traditions of thought and action from the humanities and social sciences and explores diverse perspectives, theories, methods, materials, texts, and resources, preparing you to be a creative problem-solver.

At Cabrini College, the American Studies major works especially well with a double-major in History, Political Science, Religious Studies, or English, as well as with majors in the professions of Education, Graphic Design, Communication, and Social Work.

Employment Outlook

The American Studies program courses develop skills in critical thinking, research, writing across the disciplines, and the handling of diverse forms of evidence—skills vital for effective communication and decision-making in many professional contexts.

Employment opportunities for American Studies majors are available in many fields, including business, psychology, education, social services, science, law, medicine, research, and communications.

Potential careers include:

  • Educator
  • Historian
  • Lawyer
  • Doctor
  • Politician
  • Business Leader
  • Policy Analyst
  • Government and Arts Administrator
  • Advocate
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Information Manager

Program Highlights

  • Interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Wide range of professional options
  • Works well as part of a double major

Skills Learned

  • Understand the importance of the plurality of cultural expression in the shaping of American cultures
  • Articulate, orally and in writing, an understanding of the theories of interdisciplinarity and interdisciplinary research
  • Know the values and limitations of both primary and secondary sources in conducting historical research and be able to apply critical-thinking skills to discern between legitimate and superfluous sources
  • Understand how heritage affects the daily lives of Americans
  • Discern among the major schools of thought used by American Studies scholars and use them to analyze and interpret cultural data and information

*Employment projections taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for employment category: Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations.

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