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Five reasons to study American Studies

For those considering a degree in American Studies but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are five compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Chance to study abroad

A year abroad is an integral part of most American Studies degrees. As well as a unique adventure, the experience will have a significant effect on your employability after your degree. This is because it demonstrates independence, maturity and an ability to thrive in another culture.

2. Gain transferable skills

As with most humanities and social sciences, the skills acquired during an American Studies course can be applied far and wide. You’ll develop analytical and rhetorical skills as well as the ability to write in a concise and effective way. These are just a few examples of the many transferable skills you'll learn, all of which are very applicable to many different careers.

3. Good job prospects

With this large variety of transferable skills, you'll be able to take your pick from a range of exciting careers. Common destinations for American Studies graduates include journalism, marketing and media. Other options, that are more closely linked to the course content, include work in the culture and heritage sectors. Many students choose to continue their studies and have a career in academia, teaching or law.

4. High student satisfaction

On the American Studies subject table, the student satisfaction scores are worth taking note of. With most universities scoring more than 4.00/5.00, an American Studies degree seems to almost guarantee that you’ll be satisfied with the course.

5. Mix of disciplines

A degree that studies an entire country means that you're never likely to feel bored with what you're doing. Potential module topics include politics, art, literature and music.

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