With a degree in American Studies, I usually get one of two questions when someone asks about my major: 1) “What is American Studies?” or, 2) “What do you do with a degree in American Studies?” Neither one of these questions is simple to answer, and that is how I ended up with this major. I’ve had a wide-span of interest in politics, people (sociology), human-behavior (psychology), and everything international (culture, food, people, war, history, philosophy, and the like). I’ve interned on legislative campaigns, worked as an intern at the World Affairs Council, as a legal clerk in Los Angeles, as a membership administer at the YMCA, and, as a student study abroad advisor here at UW Bothell. Now, I’m off to France to pursue my interests in international living and learning, where I will work as an au pair – a foreign nanny – and take French language classes.
For me, my degree and major are not about what they have led me to do at this moment, but, the possibilities that they open for the future. With an interdisciplinary degree, the possibilities are endless. American Studies allowed me to pursue my interests and fascination with American politics and people, but, also opened up to a comparative perspective with a strong international aspect. I spent my junior year abroad in Paris, France. While most students asked why I wasn’t an International Affairs or Global Studies major, to me, it doesn’t seem possible to critically study “America” without seeing how the rest of the world – or a small part of it – functions.
Student Study Abroad Advisor, Global Initiatives