The Major

The American Studies major focuses on the interdisciplinary study of American culture. Majors analyze the intellectual, social, and material cultures of the United States, the diverse experiences of Americans, and the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world. Students choose from a wide variety of courses from over twenty traditional majors– from Anthropology to Women’s and Gender Studies. American Studies values creative, analytic thinking that travels beyond established discplines.

What Can I Do With It?

Major acquire many of the same skills which emerge in a traditional humanities or social science major, most notably analytical abilities and strong writing. Yet American Studies students also gain the ability to make connections between diverse fields and subjects, a capacity of self-direction, and the ability to apply their skills to a variety of contemporary professional fields, including: politics/government, economics, social work, education, publishing/journalism, business, psychology/counseling, law, digital and print media, non-profit work, theatre and the arts, and cultural institutions.

For more information, contact the Director of the American Studies Program:

Professor Sarah Blackwood, PhD
sblackwood [at] pace [dot] edu
41 Park Row
Room 1504


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