Taking an integrated approach to the study of the United States, the master's programme in North American Studies at Leiden University focuses on key areas in U.S. history, culture, and literature, with special attention to the influence of the past on contemporary social, political and cultural developments.
The Master's in North American Studies at Leiden University focuses on key areas of North American history and literature.
Explore in-depth major issues in the history, literature and culture of the U.S., including African-American history and literature, U.S. political history and foreign policy, immigrant and ethnic studies, and public memorialisation.
An integrated approach is taken to all topics, with connections made between North American history, culture and literature, and contemporary developments.
Key areas of the programme
The key areas and major issues in the history, literature and culture of the U.S. that the programme explores in-depth include:
- The Civil Rights Movement;
- Post-9/11 literature, film and culture in the U.S.,
- Immigrant and minority literature,
- Slavery and memory, and the American South.
An important aspect of the programme is learning how to conduct independent interdisciplinary research, comprehend and apply theoretical insights, learn about and engage in scholarly debates, and take a critical approach to all materials. You also have the option of doing an internship at an organisation or spending a semester studying at a university in North America.
During your studies, you will learn alongside talented and highly-motivated students in an international classroom setting. Classes are kept relatively small to allow for a high level of interaction with your instructors, all of whom are internationally acclaimed researchers in the field of American Studies.
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