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List of famous people who majored in american studies, including photos when available. This list of famous american studies majors is ordered loosely by relevance, meaning the most well-known people are at the top. This list includes popular actors, musicians, athletes and more that majored or minored in american studies. You can find various bits of information below, such as what year the person was born and what their profession is. If you're looking for a particular celebrity who majored in american studies you can use the "search" bar to find a specific name.

List ranges from Michelle Obama to Janeane Garofalo, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities were american studies majors?" and "Which famous people studied american studies?"
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People who Majored in American Studies
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Janeane Garofalo is an American film actress, stand-up comedian, liberal political activist, and writer. Garofalo began her career as a stand-up comedian and became a cast member on the Ben Stiller Show, The Larry Sanders Show, and Saturday Night Live, then appeared in more than 50 movies, with leading or major roles in The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Wet Hot American Summer, The Matchmaker, Reality Bites, Steal This Movie!, Clay Pigeons, Sweethearts, Mystery Men, and The Independent, among numerous others. She stars with Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd in an upcoming 2015 Netflix eight-episode sequel to Wet Hot American Summer featuring most of the cast playing their original roles from the ...more

Age: 53

Birthplace: Newton, New Jersey, United States of America

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Maria Shriver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People who Majored in American Studies
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Maria Owings Shriver is an American journalist, activist, author of six best-selling books, and former First Lady of California as the wife of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She has received a Peabody Award and was co-anchor for NBC's Emmy-winning coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics. As executive producer of The Alzheimer's Project, Shriver earned two Emmy Awards and an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences award for developing a "television show with a conscience". She is a member of the Kennedy family. Shriver is currently a special anchor and correspondent for NBC News. ...more

Age: 62

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Bill Ayers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People who Majored in American Studies
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William Charles "Bill" Ayers is an American elementary education theorist and a former leader in the counterculture movement who opposed U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. He is known for his 1960s radical activism as well as his current work in education reform, curriculum, and instruction. In 1969 he co-founded the Weather Underground, a self-described communist revolutionary group that conducted a campaign of bombing public buildings during the 1960s and 1970s in response to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. He is a retired professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, formerly holding the titles of Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior ...more

Age: 73

Birthplace: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States of America

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Tom Pettit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People who Majored in American Studies
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William Thomas "Tom" Pettit was an American journalist who was a television news correspondent for NBC from the 1960s through 1995. During most of that period, he filed reports for NBC Nightly News and served numerous times on the panel of Meet the Press. He served as one of NBC's floor reporters at the political conventions in 1972, 1976, and 1980. Pettit began his broadcasting career in the state of his upbringing, Iowa, in the 1950s before moving on to positions in Minneapolis and Philadelphia. His first position with the NBC network was in the network's Los Angeles bureau, where he worked for 13 years, except for a brief tenure with National Educational Television. By 1975, Pettit moved ...more

Age: Died at 64 (1931-1995)

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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