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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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By studying in the School of History, Art History, Philosophy and American Studies, you will join a vibrant community where high-calibre teaching and research is combined with a stimulating and supportive environment.
Since 1451 the University of Glasgow have specialised in the arts and humanities, developing wide-ranging expertise and world-leading research.