Why Major in American Studies?

David Hernandez, B.A. Chicano/Latino Studies '13

I choose to be an American Studies and Ethnicity Major because I knew it would provide me with a different lens of how to best make sense of the world around me. At the same time it has allowed me to establish: effective writing skills, critical thinking analysis, research skills, and all learning from an interdisciplinary framework. In doing so, I feel that I have a variety of options to choose from after graduation, from law, education, the arts, ...Read more

Nelly Chavez, B.A. American Studies & Ethnicity '12

Nelly Chávez is from the small town of Modesto, California.  Growing up, she always dreamed about finding a way to see more of the world than the orchards and fields of the Central Valley (which she does adore). The daughter of Mexican immigrants from the southern state of Guerrero, she is the first person in her family to obtain a college education. Inspired by her parents’ advice that languages were some of the best assets a person could have, Nelly decided... Read more

Kendall Williams, B.A. American Studies & Ethnicity '11

I'm currently in a masters program at Teachers College, Columbia University, focusing on organizational leadership and development. I graduated from USC Dornsife with a BA as an ASE major in May 2011.

I started out as an International Relations major, but I switched to American Studies and Ethnicity after taking a GE course: Race, Religion and Rhetoric in America. After that course, ... Read more

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