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									                                          What can I do with a major in

                               AMERICAN STUDIES
                                           from Valparaiso University?
Description of major:

An opportunity to study the whole civilization of the United States – its fundamental ideas, institutions and symbolic ex-
pressions as these have developed over time. This common subject matter is examined through a variety of methods
and materials that reach across traditional disciplines, such as social sciences, the fine arts, and the humanities.

Relevant skills for an AMERICAN STUDIES major:

   ♦   Basic reading, writing and analytical skills               ♦     Organizing and synthesizing information
   ♦   Compiling and researching information                      ♦     Seeing inter-relations between different
   ♦   Flexibility and broad understanding                              phenomena
   ♦   Innovative thinking                                        ♦     Seeing patterns of meaning
   ♦   Interest in social, cultural and economic aspects of
       the United States

Sample work activities for Graduates in AMERICAN STUDIES
(some may require an advanced degree)

   •   Archive Management                                         •     Political Campaigner
   •   Attorney                                                   •     Professor, college or university
   •   Community Activist                                         •     Public Management
   •   Curator                                                    •     Social Worker
   •   Federal Government Worker                                  •     Teacher, secondary education
   •   Historical Preservationist                                 •     Urban Planning
   •   Lobbyist                                                   •     Writer
   •   Peer Counselor

Potential hiring institutions for AMERICAN STUDIES majors:

   ♦   All media, both electronic & print                         ♦     Museums
   ♦   Art Galleries                                              ♦     Public & Private agencies
   ♦   Corporations & Businesses                                  ♦     Public & Private foundations
   ♦   Federal, State, and Local government                       ♦     School Systems
   ♦   Local, State & U.S. Historical Societies

Area of further education for AMERICAN STUDIES majors:

   •   Divinity Studies                                       •       Public History
   •   Law
Sources of additional information for AMERICAN STUDIES majors:
♦    VU American Studies:

♦    American Studies Association: includes employment opportunities, graduate programs, fellowships, grants, and

♦    American Studies Web: An extensive listing of links to all types of resources on and for American Studies. http://

VU Career Center Resource Library Materials:

 •    100 Best Nonprofits to Work for                          •   Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors
 •    100 Jobs in Words                                        •   Great Jobs for Political Science Majors
 •    Book of U.S. Government Jobs: Where they Are,            •   Great Jobs for Sociology Majors
      What's Available, and How to Get one                     •   Guide to America's Federal Jobs
 •    Career Opportunities in Education                        •   Guide to Homeland Security Careers
 •    Career Opportunities in Law and the Legal Industry       •   Harvard Business School Guide to Careers in the
 •    Career Opportunities in Politics, Government & Ac-           Nonprofit Sector
      tivism                                                   •   Harvard College Guide to Careers in Government &
 •    Career Opportunities in Travel & Tourism                     Politics
 •    Careers for Bookworms & Other Literary Types             •   How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for
 •    Careers for Culture Lovers & Other Artsy Types               Graduate and Professional School
 •    Careers for History Buffs                                •   Inside Secrets to Finding a Career in Travel
 •    Careers for Introverts & Other Solitary Types            •   LSAT 2003
 •    Careers for Travel Buffs & Other Restless Types          •   Opportunities in Government Careers
 •    Current Jobs for Graduates (Job Bulletin)                •   Opportunities in Law Careers
 •    Education for Action: Undergraduate and Graduate         •   Opportunities in Library and Information Science
      Programs that Focus on Social Change                     •   Opportunities in Social Science Careers
 •    Essays that Worked for Business Schools                  •   Opportunities in Travel Careers
 •    Essays that Worked for Law Schools                       •   Peterson's Game Plan for Getting into Graduate
 •    Getting Money for Graduate School                            School
 •    GMAT 2003                                                •   Peterson's Game Plan for Getting into Law School
 •    Graduate Admissions Essays: Write Your Way into          •   Peterson's Graduate & Professional Programs, an
      the Graduate School of Your Choice                           Overview
 •    Graduate Programs in Arts and Architecture               •   Peterson's Graduate Programs in Business, Educa-
 •    Graduate Programs in Education                               tion, Health, Information Studies, Law & Social Work
 •    Graduate Programs in Humanities                          •   Peterson's Graduate Programs in the Humanities,
 •    Graduate Schools in the U.S                                  Arts, & Social Sciences
 •    GRE Exam 2003                                            •   Resumes for Social Service Careers
 •    Great Jobs for History Majors                            •   and others!

For more information about majoring in AMERICAN STUDIES, contact:

        Gus Sponberg, Ph.D.
        American Studies Program Chair
        Huegli Hall 336

For more questions about your career decisions, please make an appointment with a VU Career Counselor by
 calling 464-5005, stopping by the Career Center in Alumni Hall or e-mailing us at

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