Master of Arts in American Studies

Kennesaw State University

Program Description

Master of Arts in American Studies

Kennesaw State University

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.

The program is 36 credits, including a two-semester sequence of theory and methods, 12 credits from four cluster areas, 9 hours of electives, and an applied research project, internship or study abroad. The program concludes with a two-part 6 credit-hour capstone sequence, which can be a traditional thesis, or an applied or creative project. Students have the option of pursuing a concentration focusing on transnational approaches to American Studies.

Master of Arts in American Studies

The Master of Arts Program in American Studies consists of 36 credit hours and foreign language requirement.

Required Courses (6 credits)

Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
AMST 7000 American Studies Scholarship 3
AMST 7100 American Studies Methods 3

Core Curriculum (12 credits)

A sequence of AMST courses selected to address the professional goals of each student, with one course from each of the four thematic and methodology-based clusters.

A. Historical Studies Cluster – Choose One

Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
AMST 7200 American Social Movements 3
AMST 7210 Historical Period 3
AMST 7230 Public History and Culture 3
AMST 7240 Enterprise and Labor in American Culture 3

B. Place and Identity Cluster – Choose One

Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
AMST 7300 American Cities, Suburbs, and Countryside 3
AMST 7310 Regional Studies 3
AMST 7330 Identities and Social Groups 3

C. Cultural Production Cluster – Choose One

Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
AMST 7410 Literature and Performance in American Culture 3
AMST 7420 Popular Culture in America

3

AMST 7450 American Visual Culture

3

AMST 7460 Movements in American Culture

3

D. Transnational American Studies Cluster – Choose One

Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
AMST 7510 Passages to America 3
AMST 7520 America in Transnational Context 3
Any Approved Graduate-Level Study Abroad Program 3

Electives (9 Credits)

Any additional courses from above or any approved graduate-level course offered at Kennesaw State University or within the University System of Georgia.

Practicum (3 Credits)

Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
AMST 7700 Internship or Applied Research Projects 3
Any Approved Graduate-Level Study Abroad Program 3

Capstone Experience (6 Credits)

Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
AMST 7900/01 Capstone 1 – Literature Review 3
AMST 7900/02 Capstone 2 – Research 3

The language requirement may be met by a proficiency test administered by the Department of Foreign Languages, coursework through Foreign Language 2002 at the undergraduate level with a grade of C or better, graduate-level coursework indicating language proficiency, or an equivalent as approved the Director of American Studies. The foreign language requirement may be met either prior to or while enrolled in the MA Program in American Studies.

Transnational Concentration: The Transnational Concentration is an elective concentrative for interested students enrolled in the MA Program in American Studies. Students are not required to pursue a specialization in Transnational American Studies. This concentration consists of nine elective credit hours in courses with a transnational emphasis, an advanced foreign language requirement, and a study abroad requirement as follows:

Nine Elective Credit Hours: Students shall complete their nine elective credit hours of graduate-level study in courses beyond the transnational cluster requirement. The courses that meet the transnational course objectives are AMST 7510, AMST 7520, Graduate-Level Study Abroad Program, or courses designated as transnational in the course offerings. Courses not previously approved as transnational in content must be approved by the Program Director. Students must complete at least six of these credit hours in AMST courses.

Language Requirement: Each student in the Transnational Concentration must pass a 3000-level proficiency exam administered by the Department of Foreign Languages, complete a 3000-level language course with a grade of “C” or better, or complete graduate-level coursework indicating proficiency. Native speakers of languages other than English may apply to the Program Director for a waiver of this requirement.

Study Abroad Requirement: Students in the Transnational Concentration must participate in and receive a grade of “B” or better in any approved graduate-level study abroad program. All graduate-level study abroad courses offered by AMST-affiliated faculty at KSU can fulfill this requirement. Other graduate study abroad courses offered at KSU or by other institutions must be approved by the Program Director.

Graduate Admissions

Applications to the Graduate Program in American Studies are accepted on a rolling basis, with the review to begin on October 1st each year. The MA Program and the Graduate Certificate accept applications and allow students to enroll each semester. In order to be considered for admissions, all application materials and required test reports must be submitted by the final application deadlines.

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission into the MA Program in American Studies or the Graduate Certificate in American Studies, applicants must submit the following information to the Office of Graduate Admissions at Kennesaw State University.

  1. A completed application form and $60 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official transcripts from all previous intuitions in which the student has attended. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  3. An official GRE score report. Scores should be sent electronically to KSU using Code 5359.
  4. A letter of application that describes your education and/or professional background, your future goals, and how admission into the MA Program/Graduate Certificate will help you accomplish those goals. The letter should be specific to the American Studies Program at Kennesaw State University and should be 3-5 double-spaced pages.
  5. A writing sample consistent with program content and student goals. The sample should be relevant to the field of American Studies broadly defined and should be refined and revised to fit within 5-7 double-spaced pages.
  6. An optional resume or CV.
  7. Up to two letters of recommendation concerning your academic and/or professional preparation for the MA Program or Graduate Certificate in American Studies.

International students should visit Graduate International Admissions for additional requirements.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students who do not meet the following requirements will not be considered for admission into the Graduate Program in American Studies.

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university a minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  2. Receipt of official GRE Scores reported electronically from ETS. There are no minimum scores required for admission into the American Studies Program. We waive the GRE requirement for applications who have earned a Master’s or Ph.D. from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  3. A writing sample that reveals that the applicant is capable of completing graduate-level courses successfully.

We do not admit students with provisional standing, nor do offer students a non-degree-seeking status.

Accepted students have up to one year to begin their coursework in the program.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated December 15, 2017
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