The concentration in American Studies seeks to understand American society and cultures as emerging from historical and contemporary processes at work in local, national, and global contexts. Concentrators study four broad themes: social structure and the practices of identity, space and place, production and consumption of culture, and science, technology, and everyday life. The concentration is predicated on the ideal of scholarly engagement with the public, so students take junior seminars that engage some aspect of the public humanities such as public policy, memorialization, community studies or civic engagement. Study abroad is supported and encouraged.
Here's what concentrators from the classes of 2012 and 2013 reported they were doing in their first year after graduation.
- Account Manager, Edelman
- Assistant Digital Planner, Optimedia USA
- Associate Media Planner, DigitasLBi
- Customer Service, Bonobos.com
- External Affairs Intern, Guggenheim Museium
- Marketing Manager, Wholeshare
- Project Coordinator, Scratch, Division of Viacom Media Networks
- Research Intern, Rhode Island Historical Society
- Trial Preparation Assistant, Manhattan District Attorney's Office
- Brown University, MA, Urban Education Policy
- Brown University, MAT, Education - Social Studies
- Account Coordinator, Wagstaff Worldwide, Inc.
- Content Research Intern, Perfect Sense Digital
- Cook, Schooner Mary Day
- Corps Member, AmeriCorps - East Bay Community Action Program
- Corps Member, Teach for America
- Editorial Intern, Byliner.com
- Interim Development Associate, New Urban Arts
- Legal Researcher and Administrator, American Civil Liberties Union
- Web Developer, Etsy