Masters of Arts in American studies

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Many students who want to continue their academic studies beyond a bachelor’s degree choose to pursue a master’s degree. This advanced-level degree offers specialized study in a given field of interest and is a requirement for further types of focused study such as doctoral programs.

What is an MA in American Studies? Simply put, the program provides students specialized study of the culture and heritage of America. To this end, students tend to study American society through a variety of different disciplines including sociological, socio-economic, political and literary, to name a few. Additionally, many courses of study offer their own unique focus or approach to American studies, such as providing training in implementing public humanities and educational programs or the dynamics of cultural change. Some programs have students choose a research topic of interest their final year, such as African American studies or Native American influences.

There are numerous benefits of earning an MA in American Studies. Most students point to the well-rounded, intellectual education that the degree provides. Many programs offer students internship opportunities their final semester of study, which provides both practical experience and invaluable contacts.

The costs of earning an MA in American Studies vary by school and by the location of the school. For a more exact accounting of course and registration fees, contact the admission office of the school directly.

Graduates with an MA in American Studies find jobs in a variety of sectors including the media, advertising, marketing and political administrations. Popular career choices among graduates include journalism, publishing, broadcasting, teaching and librarianship. Some graduates use the degree as a springboard to a doctoral program in American studies or other disciplines.

There are many opportunities to earn an MA in American Studies in the United States and around the world. Programs at foreign institutions tend to offer a unique perspective on the field. Many schools also offer online programs for the degree. To get started, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Arts in American Studies

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2019 Germany Frankfurt

The two-year master‘s program in American Studies offers a comprehensive range of courses on US-American literature, history, and cultural and media studies. [+]

The two-year master‘s program in American Studies offers a comprehensive range of courses on US-American literature, history, and cultural and media studies. Conceptually, the program combines current research and teaching as well as diverse forms of self-study and academic training.

The program aims at fostering the skills relevant to both academic and professional life.

The program offers three complementary areas of study and research. “American Literature and Literary Criticism” covers American literature in the broadest sense and the practice of critical analysis. It deals with the reading and being read of the United States through diverse types of text. “American Culture and Cultural Studies” examines media such as films or images in terms of their cultural significance.... [-]


Master of Arts in US Foreign Affairs

International Black Sea University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Georgia Tbilisi

The mission of the program is to enable students both to see and to assess the forces underlying continuity and change in American foreign policy. Courses included in the program will provide conceptual, theoretical, and historical components appropriate for students to do theoretical research in American Foreign Affairs. [+]

U.S. foreign affairs master program is the continuation of the Bachelor American Studies Humanitarian Interdisciplinary program opened first time in Georgia at the International Black Sea University (IBSU) in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy. Uniqueness of interdisciplinary and the multidisciplinary American Studies program involving a wide scope of humanitarian disciplines and the students’ great interest towards American History and Politics encouraged us to create the master program in U.S. Foreign Affairs, that will deepen the knowledge of courses: American History, Politics, American Culture and Society and provide more fundamental study of the U.S. domestic and foreign policy issues, linked to unique immigration historic past.... [-]


Master of Arts in American Studies

International Black Sea University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Georgia Tbilisi

American Studies Master program has been specially designed for those interested in developing a career as an American Expert. It aims to provide multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary courses, adopting modern approaches of many American universities. [+]

American Studies Master program has been specially designed for those interested in developing a career as an American Expert. It aims to provide multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary courses, adopting modern approaches of many American universities. The faculty and students who make up the American Studies Direction combine interests drawn from a variety of perspectives: American Civilization, Literary Criticism, American Government, American Mass Media and Politics, American Popular Culture, American Geography and Regional Characteristics, American Studies and Globalization, Research and Study Skills. These courses are delivered by highly qualified professors, including American Fulbright Scholars, invited by the United States Embassy in Georgia.... [-]


Master of Liberal Arts in Florida Studies

University of South Florida St. Petersburg - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time August 2019 USA Saint Petersburg

The Florida Studies track of the Master of Liberal Arts Program allows students to sample a broad array of interdisciplinary classes. Students take Florida-based classes in the fields of History, English, Geography, Political Science, Journalism and Media Studies, and Anthropology. [+]

For everyone who lives, works, or studies in Florida, the best way to understand our state and the issues we face is to put them in the context of our history and distinctive regional culture.

The Florida Studies Program brings together faculty from history, economics, geography, political science, anthropology, and other disciplines to create an integrated, in-depth exploration of our state’s changing identity as a part of the American South as well as a bridge to the Caribbean Basin.

From environmental policy and resource management to political challenges and immigration reform, Florida presents distinctive issues that merit close attention. Students from any discipline can benefit from Florida Studies courses as they prepare for careers ranging from urban planning to social work, from historic preservation to international business. For anyone who is interested in how our state fits into matters of regional and global significance, this program presents the ideal opportunity to use the State of Florida as a teaching and research laboratory.... [-]


M.A. in American Studies

Youngstown State University (YSU)
Campus Full time September 2019 USA Youngstown

The Master of Arts in American studies program is designed to provide students with training in the content, theory, and methods for studying the history and culture of the United States and is designed to provide both training and experience in developing and implementing [+]

The Master of Arts in American studies program is designed to provide students with training in the content, theory, and methods for studying the history and culture of the United States and is designed to provide both training and experience in developing and implementing public humanities and educational programs. Special emphasis is placed on the application of the humanities in community, museum, and school settings.

The program offers a core of courses in American studies, art and literature, history, working-class studies, and public practice, along with opportunities to work in local museums, schools, community projects, and other public humanities programs. Courses for the program have been drawn from five different colleges, providing students the chance to gain a truly broad and diverse education while deepening their knowledge of American culture. The M.A. in American studies also offers a teaching track designed for secondary school teachers.... [-]


Master of Arts in American Studies (History)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

In the one-year Master's programme in American Studies you explore the history of the United States and its political, cultural, economic and military presence in the world, with an eye toward America in the world today. [+]

In the one-year Master's programme in American Studies you explore the history of the United States and its political, cultural, economic and military presence in the world, with an eye toward America in the world today.

Interdisciplinary American Studies

The Master's in American Studies at the University of Amsterdam is an interdisciplinary, one-year programme taught exclusively in English. The programme attracts students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds: history, cultural studies, literary criticism, media studies and the social sciences. The lecturers are not only specialised in the field of American Studies but also come from an extremely broad range of academic backgrounds, ensuring that the courses are highly interdisciplinary. Guided directly by the academic staff, students will write an original thesis that draws on their own interests and expertise.... [-]


MA in North American Studies

Leiden University
Campus Full time 1 year February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

This master's takes an integrated approach to the study of U.S. history, culture, and literature and its influence on contemporary social, political and cultural developments. [+]

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.... [-]


MA in American Studies

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Groningen

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

The one-year, interdisciplinary and fully English taught Master program in American Studies offers exciting research seminars chosen from 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.... [-]


Master of Arts in English and American Studies (EAS)

University of Turin
Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Turin

The 2-year MA program (Laurea Magistrale) in English and American Studies at the University of Torino is a graduate program in the humanities focusing on English and North American language/linguistics, literature and cultures, analyzed in an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. [+]

The 2-year MA program (Laurea magistrale) in English and American Studies at the University of Torino is a graduate program in the humanities focusing on English and North American language/linguistics, pieces of literature and cultures, analyzed in an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.

Fully taught in English, the program prepares graduates who are professionally competent in English and have acquired an in-depth understanding of literature and cultures in English – i.e. British, North-American and postcolonial – as well as aspects of the history-shaping those cultures.

This program is part of the graduate degree program (“Laurea magistrale”) in Lingue e Letterature Moderne (LM-37).... [-]


Master of Arts in American studies

University of Southern Denmark
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Denmark Odense

American Studies is a two year MA program that focuses on the world's leading superpower. It looks at culture, politics, economics, literature, and society in a country of more than 300 million inhabitants in fifty distinct states. [+]

Because of the global reach of the United States, most Europeans have the impression that they "know" America, which is often perceived as a single culture, with little recognition of the complexity and variety that are characteristic of the nation.American Studies is a two year MA program that focuses on the world's leading superpower. It looks at culture, politics, economics, literature, and society in a country of more than 300 million inhabitants in fifty distinct states. American Studies is an interdisciplinary study that draws on several disciplines that must be included in order to ensure that students can understand and analyze American cultural identities and the changing relationship between the United States and the rest of the world.Through its cooperation with several departments at the University of Southern Denmark, American Studies offers you the opportunity to shape your study program by choosing electives in the participating programs, including literature, history, politics, and journalism. In the third semester, you also have the opportunity to go abroad to study in a European or American university through exchange agreements with selected institutions. The application form is available by clicking on the appropriate box in the upper right-hand corner of this page.This program is offered in English.... [-]


M.A. North and Latin American Studies

University of Passau
Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2019 Germany Passau

The Master of Arts programme in North and Latin American Studies combines North American and Latin American Studies into a single and unique syllabus which draws from a variety of academic disciplines and gives its students profound insight into the two Americas as distinct entities, as well as their global ties and relations. This answers to a rising demand for graduates with a broad academic background and specific knowledge of America, particularly at a time when North and South are growing together on many levels, while the gap between Europe and America is widening [+]

About the programme

The Master of Arts programme in North and Latin American Studies combines North American and Latin American Studies into a single and unique syllabus which draws from a variety of academic disciplines and gives its students profound insight into the two Americas as distinct entities, as well as their global ties and relations. This answers to a rising demand for graduates with a broad academic background and specific knowledge of America, particularly at a time when North and South are growing together on many levels, while the gap between Europe and America is widening.

This is an accredited programme which has received the Seal of Quality of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany.... [-]


MA in American Studies

The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2019 USA Washington + 1 more

Candidates for admission to the MA program in American Studies should have taken at least one yearlong course beyond the introductory level in American Studies or American social, cultural or intellectual history in preparation for graduate study. [+]

The American Studies Department offers several approaches to the MA.

Concentration options:

General Studies (30 credits) Museums & Material Culture (30 credits)

(NOTE: MA students in the above concentrations who matriculated between fall 2007 and fall 2009 are required to complete 36 credits of graduate coursework.)

All MA students must also successfully complete the research requirements and specific course requirements associated with their particular concentrations.

Candidates for admission to the MA program in American Studies should have taken at least one yearlong course beyond the introductory level in American Studies or American social, cultural or intellectual history in preparation for graduate study. Applicants lacking some of this background can be admitted to the program with the understanding that they will take the appropriate courses as prerequisites during the first academic year in which they are enrolled; such prerequisite courses, however, do not count toward degree requirements.... [-]


MA in North American Studies

Radboud University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Nijmegen

The world loves American culture, but is deeply distrustful of American power and politics. In Radboud University we offer critical insights into both. [+]

The world loves American culture but is deeply distrustful of American power and politics. In Radboud University we offer critical insights into both. Our Master's Program gives students the opportunity to acquire solid expertise in relation to the concept of "America" in a variety of fields: US history, literature, culture (including popular culture, film, theater, and art) as well as political history, foreign policy, constitutional law and social science.

Radboud University distinguishes itself from other American Studies programs through its emphasis on the cultural and political relations between the United States, its neighbors, and Europe. True to the tradition of American Studies, our program teaches students to approach issues from different angles and to think in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary ways. We also offer excellent internships thanks to our global network.... [-]


MA in North American Studies: Culture and Literature

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg FAU
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2019 Germany Nuremberg

A research-oriented MA program with an area-specific profile in which cultural and literary developments in the USA, Canada, and the Anglophone Caribbean are analyzed [+]

Contents of the degree programme

Basic modules:

Cultural Studies Literary Studies Language

Intermediary modules:

Cultural Studies Literary Studies Survey module

Advanced modules:

Cultural Studies Literary Studies Interdisciplinary project module Master’s Thesis Occupational fields Political education International Organisations Cultural management Publishing and Librarianship/Journalism Fields of work at the intersection of business, politics and culture Teaching and Research International Semester(s) abroad highly encouraged Partner universities of the Department of English and American Studies include Georgia State University (Atlanta), University of Georgia (Athens), University of Kansas (Kansas), Minnesota State University (Mankato) Qualification requirements A first, above-average academic degree in American or English Studies (GPA equivalent to the German “gut”, i.e. up to 2.5; grades between 2.5 and 3.5: successful interview required). Students who have received a degree in English Studies need to present proof of a significant focus on literature and culture classes, preferably with America-related content, with their record of transcripts; 2-3 page essay on a topic that will be published on our homepage. Language requirements ... [-]

Master of Arts in American Studies

Kennesaw State University
Campus Part time January 2019 USA Kennesaw

The sole American Studies graduate curriculum in the University System of Georgia, this program at Kennesaw State University enhances interdisciplinary, builds global learning and associated intercultural skills, and promotes civic engagement. [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The sole American Studies graduate curriculum in the University System of Georgia, this program at Kennesaw State University enhances interdisciplinary, builds global learning and associated intercultural skills, and promotes civic engagement. The curriculum blends historical and place-based study with analysis of cultural products and requires to students to apply their learning in their personal and professional communities. The program is flexible, allowing students to pursue work that fits their own professional goals and interests. Our graduate program offers extensive training in scholarship and emphasizes innovative interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration among faculty and graduate students.... [-]