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Masters degrees in American Studies offer postgraduates the chance to analyse the history, literature, culture and politics of the United States. Some institutions use the term American Studies in its broadest sense – i.e. North and South American Studies – but most programmes focus predominantly on the USA.
Closely-related subject areas include American Literature, American History and Political Sciences.
American Studies Masters are usually interdisciplinary in nature, encouraging students to explore the relationships between distinct areas of the American experience. This could be a unique opportunity for you to conduct new scholarly work in a way that might not be possible on a more specialised course.
A typical Masters in American Studies may include modules on the Cold War, Native Americans or American postmodernism. The research interests of staff members have a big impact on the course syllabus though, so courses can differ greatly from university to university.
After finishing a Masters in American Studies, you could go on to work in the US in sectors as diverse as the government, publishing, academia, finance or the media. Alternatively, the skills you’ve honed during your Masters will be just as welcome in similar roles back home.
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Members of the Centre for American Studies provide supervision in many aspects of American Studies. Supervision is team-based and reflects the active research interests of the Centre. Read more
An MA by Research in American Studies at Swansea enables you to undertake a substantial project led by your own passions and interests. A research degree in American Studies represents a highly respected qualification which can present a pathway to a career in academia or widen your scope for employment in fields such as education, government or the private sector. Read more
Interdisciplinary in Approach. Dynamic in Teaching. Relevant in Practice. American Studies at The University of Groningen. The Master of Arts degree program in North-American Studies has one track. Read more
An MA by Research in Latin American Studies enables you to undertake a substantial project, led by your own passions and interests. A degree in Latin American Studies represents a highly respected qualification which can present a pathway to a career in academia or widen your scope for employment in fields such as education, government or the private sector. Read more
Our MRes programme provide a personalised and focused introduction to postgraduate research allowing you to develop as an independent researcher with the support of an expert in Latin American Studies. Read more
The MRes in Latin American Studies is a specialised degree that provides a unique opportunity for students interested in Latin American history, anthropology, geography, and culture to broaden and deepen their knowledge of Latin America and to develop an independent research project on a topic of their choice. Read more
The Master of Arts in American Studies provides students opportunities for pre-professional training in their chosen speciality. Through challenging courses and in-depth research, students delve into topics like architecture, popular music, immigration and borders and racial and gender equality in American culture. Read more
The MA by Research in American Studies gives you an opportunity to develop your research interests in the history, politics, literature and/or culture of the United States in a supportive environment, with the guidance of a supervisor who is an expert in their field. Read more
The Master of Arts in Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS) enhances intercultural understanding and promotes rigorous scholarly study of Asian societies, political economies, cultures, histories, linguistics, migrations, etc. Read more
This is a nine-month programme which spans three academic terms and is intended to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of the main developments in Latin America from c. Read more
This course offers an interdisciplinary approach towards the understanding of modern Latin America, allowing you to develop an in-depth research project that may involve a period of fieldwork in the region. Read more
Due to the United States' unrivalled status in the world today, the debates on American values and the mission of American democracy have become a matter of global concern. This programme introduces students to advanced study of American culture and politics, in both domestic and international contexts. Read more