Graduate Studies

About the Graduate Program in American Studies

Our M.A. and Ph.D. students come from richly varied academic backgrounds. Most have earned undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in the humanities, arts, or social sciences, with majors in fields such as African American studies, American studies, Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, History, Media studies, Music, Political science, Religious studies, Romance languages, Sociology, Visual studies, and Women’s studies. Whatever their educational
backgrounds, successful applicants must demonstrate evidence of scholarly interest in the history and culture of the Americas.

We encourage and welcome applications from diverse people who, whether traditional or non-traditional, are committed to excellence and rigor in their scholarship.  In the past decade our graduate program has attracted talented students from all over the United States, from dozens of Native American Nations, and from countries around the world, including Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, Georgia, Guyana, Hong Kong,
Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Our Ph.D. program trains students for intellectual work in many different careers, including the highest levels of college and university teaching and research. It consists of three basic stages: 1) coursework, 2) written and oral exams, and 3) researching, writing, and defending a dissertation. Most of our doctoral students complete their Ph.D. within four to seven years.

Our M.A. program offers students a solid grounding in the professional study of the history and culture of the Americas. Because our program serves a varied audience – from documentary producers to social workers to predoctoral students – we offer a broad-based curriculum that includes many opportunities to pursue specific research interests.  Most of our M.A. students complete the degree within two years.

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