Regional (U.S., Canadian, Foreign) Studies
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Overview
Regional (u.s., Canadian, foreign) studies is a program that focuses on the defined geographic subregions and subcultures within modern and historical countries and societies. includes such topics as acadian studies, French Canadian and quebec studies, southern (u.s.) studies, appalachian (u.s.) studies, new england studies, southwestern studies, northern studies, and others.
Highlights
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($47K) with a Bachelor's Degree: Trinity College
Career with the highest median salary ($104K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Specialized Computer Occupations
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Careers for program graduates
Regional (u.s., Canadian, foreign) studies majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Lawyers, and judges, magistrat...Elementary and Middle School S...Postsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersSecondary School TeachersPhysiciansSocial and Community Service M...Management AnalystsFirst-Line Supervisors of Reta...Secretaries and Administrative...Labor Relations SpecialistsSpecialized Social WorkersChief executives and legislato...Accountants and AuditorsCustomer Service Representativ...Registered NursesFinancial ManagersWholesale and Manufacturing Sa...First-Line Supervisors of Non-...Project Management Specialists
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
02040600-1 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
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Completions over time
Have completions for area, ethnic, and civilization studies changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Number of graduates
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Master's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Bachelor's Degree
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0-1 Year Certificate
Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in regional (u.s., Canadian, foreign) studies doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field area studies, which includes regional (u.s., Canadian, foreign) studies.
Median starting salaries
$32K$43K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KMaster'sBachelor's
Median cumulative loan amount
$21K$0$10K$20K$30KBachelor's
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Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
$59K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Distribution: area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's inarea, ethnic, and civilization studies by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
$65K$49K$88K$80K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KBachelor'sMaster'sDoctorateProfessional
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in area, ethnic, and civilization studies
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in area, ethnic, and civilization studies. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 48% of area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 80% of other fields.
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Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
34%64%81%0%20%40%60%80%100%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Careers
Top careers for those with a degree in area, ethnic, and civilization studies
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Area, Ethnic, and Civilization Studies (which combines 37 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Lawyers, and judges, magistrates, and similar judicial professionals
  2. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  3. Postsecondary Teachers
  4. Specialized Managers
  5. Education and childcare administrators
  6. Secondary School Teachers
  7. Physicians
  8. Social and Community Service Managers
  9. Management Analysts
  10. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
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Careers for area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors
Where do area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in area, ethnic, and civilization studies
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by area, ethnic, and civilization studies graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Lawyers, and judges,...Elementary and Middl...Postsecondary Teache...Specialized ManagersEducation and childc...Secondary School Tea...PhysiciansSocial and Community...Management AnalystsFirst-Line Superviso...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer regional (u.s., Canadian, foreign) studies degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Careers for area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors
area, ethnic, and civilization studies is part of a larger collection of programs: Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies. Is there a different program that's close to area, ethnic, and civilization studies that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in regional (u.s., Canadian, foreign) studies earned in the last academic year, 64% were women.
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Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
63%37%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Context: Percentage women
This major has a higher percentage of women than 61% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
$56K$64K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity
For area, ethnic, and civilization studies graduates, men have a 15% higher median salary than women, This is better than many: 66% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.
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Race/Origin
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all regional (u.s., Canadian, foreign) studies graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 45% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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Completions over time
Have completions by race/origin changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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International
Not Reported
Multiracial
American Indian
Asian
Hispanic
Pacific Islander
Black
White
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 94% of other programs.