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3 Fields to study in the USA

Learn about three key fields you should consider studying in the USA


With a forward-thinking, direct business culture and key economic significance, studying in the US offers students unrivalled access to industry resources and high-calibre teaching methods. US qualifications are highly regarded and carry significant weight for employers worldwide, and are widely sought-out by students from around the world. Whilst American universities are strong in many disciplines, the nation’s key global significance outlines some stand-out study options you should consider if you’re thinking of studying abroad there. Let our overview of three key fields to study in the US help get your planning process going.



Ever heard the phrase, ‘when America sneezes, the whole world catches a cold?’ Whilst the US economy has suffered some recent setbacks, its global significance is undeniable.

In the face of worldwide and local financial issues such as the global financial crisis and the US debt crisis, critical minds versed in Economics are highly sought after. As a graduate, your skills will be paramount in considering and tackling very real, very resonant international issues.

Taking eight of the world’s top ten places, American insitutions perfom exceptionally in Economics. Harvard University ranks first, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2nd), Stanford University (4th) and the University of California, Berkeley (5th). 

At the heart of one of the world’s most crucial centres of news, international relations, business and finance, students enjoy exposure to key modes of critical, social thought responsible for the nation’s economic prowess. Your opportunities to gain experience, form new perspectives and build international networks are virtually endless.

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Finance & Business

It goes without saying that the US is also a heavyweight when it comes to Finance and Business. America’s financial markets are world’s largest and most liquid, representing 7.9% (just about US$1.24 trillion) of the nation’s GDP in 2012. In the same year, 5.87 million people were employed within the financial service and insurance sectors. By 2018, this figure is expected to grow by 12%.

Creators of venture capitalism and home to Wall Street, one of the world’s most iconic and recognizable financial districts, American universities offer students access to unparalleled modes of financial analysis and critical thought. With a uniquely direct, ‘go-getting’ business culture, students will be taught clearly and decisively to carry out high level analysis and communicate with others in a formal, business-like capacity.

Harvard again ranks first globally in finance, followed by Stanford (5th), MIT (6th), and the University of Chicago (8th) within the top ten. Of the nation’s best Business schools, Harvard, Stanford and Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania tie for first place, with the University of Chicago (4th), MIT (5th), and Northwestern University (6th) not far behind.

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Political Science and International Relations

American foreign policy keenly impacts a range of nations worldwide, addressing key points of interest such as trade, currency value and conflict. Studying Politics and International Relations from a US perspective awards students invaluable insight into world affairs and political ideas, teaching them both how to ask the right questions and how to go about answering them.

Political Science and International Relations are offered as ‘major’ streams at most institutions offering Bachelor of Arts (BA) programmes, and as the more specific focus of a number of Postgraduate programmes. Five of the world’s top ten universities for political science are in the US, whilst 11 rank within the top 20. With a teaching focus on communication, writing, debate and problem solving, students come out with a well-rounded skill set highly desirable in any profession.

Encompassing study areas such as Philosophy, Sociology, Political Theory, Law and Public Policy, you will develop a broad, wide-reaching perspective enabling you to compare global political systems and form your own conclusions. You’ll also have the chance to engage with local political issues such as civic engagement, ethics and civil rights.

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Monica Karpinski received her BA (Media and Communications) and Diploma in Modern Languages (French) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. An art and culture aficionado, in her spare time Monica enjoys film, reading and writing about art.


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