MA American Studies

University of Groningen

Program Description

MA American Studies

University of Groningen

MA American Studies

The one-year, interdisciplinary and fully English taught Master program in American Studies offers exciting research seminars chosen form a wide range of theoretical, historical, social-political, and cultural approaches to the Americas.

It starts from the premise that 'America' was shaped as much by its art, folklore, commerce, education, science and religion as by its Constitution, political treaties and wars. None of the academic mono-disciplines (such as History, Literature and Sociology) provides sufficient tools to give a comprehensive account of the complex dynamics of American culture. This is where American Studies comes in.

The core of this Master's degree is the investigation of nationhood and nationality and the dynamics of cultural change. In this way, the American Studies program at the University of Groningen distinguishes itself from similar programs elsewhere.

In addition to the focus on the diversity of American culture, you will learn about cultural theories in general. Not only 'high culture' will receive attention in this degree. A lot of time will be spent on the analysis of the culture of everyday social practice as well.


Without doubt, I would choose american Studies again

Rutger Schuil: 'Most importantly, I chose to study in Groningen because it is the only university that offers a full American Studies Bachelor program. The program's broad framework contains history, as well as literature and a strong focus on cultural theory. Together, this offers you a challenging program that will keep you interested throughout your studies.

Two career options have my interest. One is teaching at a university, specifically in the field of America and its relation to Europe. The other is working in politics. That is why I am interested in a second Master's degree in International Relations. During my AS Bachelor I went on an exchange to Central Michigan University for a semester. I had a great time there and it was a great opportunity to experience American culture at first hand. Fortunately, I was able to participate in other activities besides my studies. I have been a board member of the American Studies student association, have participated in the Curriculum Committee twice, and am currently a member of the faculty council as a student representative. I would definitely choose Groningen again because it is a wonderful city, possibly the best city for a student in the Netherlands. Without doubt, I would choose American Studies again.'

Job perspectives

As an American Studies graduate, you have a broad range of career prospects American Studies students have expertise in the economic, political, cultural, commercial, and social domains of the U.S., as well as excellent transferable skills that are highly valued in the job market. The cultural adaptability and linguistic expertise that comes from living and studying in the US distinguishes our American Studies students from most job candidates.

After graduation, our students move into jobs in the business world, journalism, diplomacy, politics, event organization, or teaching, to name only a few options.

Job examples


Depending on your areas of specialization, a job in journalism is a possibility. You might work for the foreign desk of the NOS or with Radio 1, editing incoming information for news broadcasts. Or, you might write newspaper or magazine articles about the U.S. American Studies graduates from the University of Groningen work for the NOS, RTL 4, SBS 6, AVRO, and the VPRO.


Many businesses and organizations with interests in the U.S. are keen to recruit American Studies graduates. There are job openings with Dutch companies in the U.S. and American businesses with outlets in The Netherlands. A number of former American Studies students work for American companies who are expanding into The Netherlands and Europe.

Culture and Arts

You might prefer to think about working in the cultural field, for example, a job in a museum or organizing a film festival (such as the Tiger Awards). The American Studies program offers many possibilities for international contacts, which can be utilized for job options in a rangeof cultural industries. In addition, the emphasis on internationalization qualifies graduates for work in the travel industry, especially organizing and leading guided trips.

Public Sector and Education

Working at education institutions is another option, in particular in the area of the internationalization of teaching and learning. A number of graduates also work in high schools and institutions of tertiary education, where they teach primarily English or History. Within thepublic sector, American Studies students work for Ministeries, political parties, exchange organizations, and universities, in positions ranging from Media Co-ordinator to Information Officer. Finally, you can continue with your academic studies, of which more in the next section.

Specific requirements for international students

Additional subject

Students must provide proof of a high level of language proficiency (a minimum of 620 TOEFL score).

Previous education

BA in American Studies, English, History, Political Science, Cultural Studies or equivalent

Other admission requirements

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Office and the Admissions Board.

Duration: 12 months

Language: English (100%)

Start course:

  • February 01, 2017
  • September 05, 2017

Application deadlines:

  • EU/EEA students: May 1, 2017; non-EU/EEA students: March 01, 2017
  • EU/EEA students: November 01, 2017; non-EU/EEA students: November 01, 2017 (for starting february 2018)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 22, 2016
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Sept. 4, 2017
12 months
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2,006 EUR
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