BA History and American Studies / Careers

Year of entry: 2022

Career opportunities

Tarik Ross-Cameron

''My degree prepared me for every role I have had.''

''I have been happiest in roles that allow a good degree of autonomy and initiative, and require me to use the writing, communication and research skills that I strengthened while completing my American Studies degree.''

Tarik Ross-Cameron / Freelance Spoken-Word Artist
Stephanie Keyte

''Deciding to join the American Studies programme at the University of Manchester in 2014 was one of the best decisions I have made.''

''I spent three wonderful years on the course, including a semester abroad at North Carolina State University. I believe the skills I learnt on this course set me up brilliantly for the challenges and pressures I have faced as a young graduate trying to get my foot on the career ladder.''

Stephanie Keyte / Partnerships Co-ordinator English National Opera

Study History at Manchester and you will come away with a degree that is well-regarded by employers for the outstanding analysis and critical thinking skills you will develop.

The University of Manchester is the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers (High Fliers Research, 2019).

Our graduates enjoy success in a wide range of careers, reflecting the high regard in which employers hold a History degree from Manchester, including the BBC - with whom we have well-established links - as well as KPMG, Deloitte, Marks and Spencer, Aviva, Accenture and Barclays. Typical professions for History graduates include:

  • teaching and academia 
  • heritage and museums 
  • the Civil Service 
  • policy and thinktanks 
  • creative industries 
  • media and journalism 
  • marketing and public relations 
  • law and accountancy 
  • finance 
  • NGOs 

Studying American Studies helps to develop versatile skills, including: 

  • communicating ideas clearly in spoken and written forms 
  • articulating knowledge of concepts and theories 
  • managing your time effectively 
  • working and thinking independently, critically and creatively 

Many of our graduates go on to undertake further study such as master's and PhD degrees, PGCEs or law conversion courses before taking up their careers.