MA in American Studies

The American Studies Department offers several approaches to the MA.

Concentration options:

  • General Studies (30 credits)
  • Museums & Material Culture (30 credits)
  • Historic Preservation (36 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. Additionally, candidates planning a concentration in Historic Preservation should have taken at least one course in American architectural history. 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.

All coursework and other requirements for the MA degree must be completed within four full years after matriculation in one of the department’s MA programs.

This Semester's Graduate Courses

Each semester, the Department of American Studies offers a different selection of graduate courses.  The current semester's course offerings can be found at the Graduate Course Offerings page.

Meet the Director of Graduate Studies

Meet the Director of Graduate Studies

Professor Kip Kosek researches and teaches in the areas of cultural history, religion, social thought, and reform movements. He is the author of Acts of Conscience: Christian Nonviolence and Modern American Democracy.