Life After Stetson

Stetson University's American studies program emphasizes individual advising to help students identify special interests. As a liberal arts field, American studies does not train undergraduates for a specific profession; however, the diverse knowledge and skills that students develop in these courses prepare students for many fields and many lines of work. Our majors graduate with excellent backgrounds in 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 Development and Academic Advising (call 386-822-7315 for more information) can help students connect their academic interests and skills with their future work. 

Other Resources for Future Careers in American Studies

What Our Graduates Are Doing

  • David Marcell, class of 1958: College administrator for Sage Colleges in Troy, NY
  • Caroline Miller Parr, class of 1959: Federal Judge, U.S. 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: PhD 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 University College of Law


Paul Croce stands with Stetson University Distinguished Alumni Elizabeth Walker Mechling and Jay Mechling at the library display of their works, set up by librarian Debbie Dinkins.