Life after Stetson
American Studies at Stetson emphasizes individual advising to help students identify special interests. As a liberal arts field, American Studies does not train undergraduates for a specific profession, but the diverse knowledge and skills that students develop in these courses prepares students for many fields and many lines of work. Our majors graduate with excellent background for law, business, public administration, government service, historic preservation, advertising, journalism, teaching, social work, and of course, graduate school in many fields.
The Office of Career Services (call 822-7315 for more information) can help students connect their academic interests and skills with theirfuture work. In addition, the Career Office has job links and postings at www.stetson.edu/administration/career-development/jobs.php.
Other Sources for Career Information on Future Careers in American Studies:
College of Staten Island of the City University of New York frames its advising page around the question, "What Can I do With and American Studies Major?" and it includes identification of skills and frequent career paths.
Here's what some of our graduates have gone on to do:
- David Marcell, class of 1958: College administrator for Sage Colleges in Troy, NY
- Caroline Miller Parr, class of 1959: Federal Judge, US Tax Court
- Jay Mechling, class of 1967: Professor of American Studies, University of California, Davis; recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award
- Craig Richardson, Jr., class of 1975: Attorney at Law, Chapel Hill, NC
- Timothy Arnheim, class of 1986: WFTV, Inc., CBS television producer, Orlando, FL
- Ryan Smith, class of 1994: Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, University of Delaware
- David Swanson, class of 1997: Manager of the band, Mighty Joe Plum
- Krista Brindle, class of 2001: full scholarship to Stetson College of Law
Paul Jerome Croce stands with Stetson Distinguished Alumni Elizabeth Walker Mechling and Jay Mechling at the library display of their works set up by librarian Debbie Dinkins.