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American Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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Director: Sarah L. Schrank

Department Office: Faculty Offices 2 (FO2), Room 204

Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-2293 / (562) 985-5431

Affiliated Faculty: Elyse M. Blankley (English/Women's Studies), Angela Bowen (Women's Studies), Timothy Caron (English), Patricia A. Cleary (History), Sharon D. Downey (Communication Studies), Linda N. España-Maram (Asian and Asian American Studies), J. William Gibson (Sociology), Paul Gilmore (English), George Hart (English), Ann Johnson (Communication Studies), Troy Johnson (American Indian Studies), Maulana Karenga (Black Studies), Karen Kleinfelder (Art), Eileen Luhr (History), Brett Mizelle (History), Charles Noble (Political Science), Daniel J. O'Connor (Liberal Studies), Eve Oishi (Women's Studies), Carlos R. Piar (Religious Studies), Karen Rasmussen (Communication Studies), Maythee Rojas (Women's Studies), Max Rosenkrantz (Philosophy), Anna Sandoval (Chicano and Latino Studies), Sarah L. Schrank (History), Nancy Strow Sheley (English/Liberal Studies), Craig R. Smith (Communication Studies), Jon R. Stone (Religious Studies), Dean S. Toji (Asian and Asian American Studies), John N. Tsuchida (Asian and Asian American Studies), Julie Van Camp (Philosophy), Frederick Wegener (English), Hugh Wilford (History), Alison Wrynn (Kinesiology and Physical Education)

Career Possibilities

Advertising • Entertainment • Journalism • Management • Marketing • Mass Media (film, radio, television) • Politics • Professional Writing and Editing (creative or technical) • Public Relations • Publishing • Historian • Administrator in Historic and Cultural Preservation • Teacher • Museum Curator • Multimedia Specialist • Preservation and Environmental Law • College Instructor • Environmental Review Specialist • Human Resources Manager • Systems Analysts • Insurance Broker (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see CSULB Careers Website.)


American Studies is an interdisciplinary study of American culture. Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to a faculty advisor.