What Can You Do with a Cultural Studies Degree?

July 8, 2016

You have more options than you might think when you major in a specific culture, religion or language.

At the University of Arizona, there are more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees that allow students to delve into a multitude of cultures, religions and languages, as well as programs that focus on gender identity and social justice issues. Choose one of these majors and you’ll graduate with a deep understanding of the subject, plus you’ll be equipped with the critical-thinking and communications skills you need to succeed in the real world.

So just what kind of job prospects exist for someone with a degree in fields like American Indian or Africana studies? Here are six popular cultural studies programs and the possible career options for each.

Africana Studies: This major features a variety of internships and study abroad opportunities. Classes range from African American Literature to Managing Diversity to the Politics of Protest in Africa and the Diaspora. You can also pursue a minor in hip-hop cultures.
Possible career options: Communications, engineering and nonprofit organizations such as Teach for America.

American Indian Studies: Learn about the history, oral traditions and literature of Native American cultures, as well as their relationships with federal and state governments.
Possible career options: Native American government, social services and private sector jobs connected to American Indian reservation.

East Asian Studies: The East Asian Studies program teaches the language, culture, literature and history of China and Japan, which are the second and third largest economies in the world, respectively.
Possible career options: Teaching, international law and business, journalism and diplomatic service.

Mexican American Studies: Students in this program will learn about public policy, urban planning, immigration and other issues facing the nation’s fastest growing demographic.
Possible career options: Financial sector, marketing and housing development.

Religious Studies: UA’s Religious Studies program covers the historical and social impact of the world’s religions, including traditions, the role of religion in global politics, the relationship between religion and science, and the religious dimensions of art and culture.
Possible career options: Social services, education, medicine and law.

School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies: This program focuses on the languages, politics and cultures in the region stretching from Morocco to Afghanistan that includes Iran, Israel and Turkey. The program also offers Arabic, Persian and Turkish language courses.
Possible career options: Government service, nongovernmental organizations and international business.