Some frequently asked questions

Q: What can I do with an American studies major after graduation?

A: The major in American studies prepares graduates for careers in business, education, law, media, public affairs, and non-government organizations. In fact, many employers seek to hire employees with knowledge on American culture and society. For example, Marcello Saenz, '14, an American Studies major who graduated with honors won a California Capital Fellow (Judicial Administration Fellow, Superior Court) for the 2014-15 year. Siyuan Zhou, '13, works for the Tao Shing Pee Educational Foundation in China. Joshua Throckmorton '12 is a writing associate at Swarthmore College. Asha Canady '12 won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Turkey. Jessica Lobl '09 was a 2009-10 Fulbright Fellow in Spain. Andrea Nieves ’07 was awarded a full scholarship to attend New York University Law School. She was also appointed a Luce Fellow, one of America’s most prestigious honors, to conduct research in Asia in 2012-13. David Reynolds ’07 was admitted to the School of Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Q: Is study abroad a requirement for the American studies major?

A: No. Although it is highly recommended, study abroad is not required for majors or minors in American studies. Click here for more information on study abroad programs at Occidental.

Q: Can a student take American studies as a minor?

A: Yes. We offer the opportunity. Click here to see requirements for a minor.

Q: What do I do if I want to take American studies as a major or minor?

A: You need to speak with Professor Sharla Fett, the chair of the department.

Q: How do I know what affiliated courses are available and which ones I should take?

A: Speak to Professor Sharla Fett, chair of the American Studies department. To view a list of currently approved affiliated courses, click here.

Q: Where can I find the enrollment information for American studies courses?

A: For a list of required and affiliated American studies courses, click here. To register for classes, go to the Oxy Registrar's page.

Contact American Studies
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