American Studies

Is your idea of a good time making popcorn and throwing on the History Channel? Or perhaps it's cozying up to an old book that was written decades ago and is now considered an American classic? If you enjoy American history and culture, then you may want to look into majoring in American Studies.

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UTSA’s American Studies Program

UTSA’s American Studies degree combines the subjects of history, literature, the arts and social sciences to understand the diverse perspectives on cultural traditions and material practices that have shaped the United States. In this program, you will study interdisciplinary topics like race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, transnationalism, urban experience, social justice, culture and religion. A degree in American Studies will prepare you for a career in several fields including law, journalism, government, foreign service, social work, international business, education, nonprofit and public administration.

Academic Information:


College of Liberal & Fine Arts


Department of History

Degrees Offered

Careers in American Studies

Top job titles for American Studies graduates include:

• College Professor
• Social Science Researcher
• Sales Representative

American Studies and its related career pathways are currently in higher than average demand in San Antonio for the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include San Francisco, CA, Tampa, FL and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 American studies-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for American Studies Graduates

American Studies is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of American studies-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Higher Education
• Advertising and Public Relations
• Scientific Research and Development
• Consulting

Salaries for American Studies Graduates

The salary range for open American studies-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $40,507
median $54,217
top 10% $107,046

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for American Studies Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an American Studies graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. American Studies may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy learning
• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy teaching and mentoring
• You are a good planner
• You like being artistic and creative