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North American Studies: American Studies MA

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: American Studies.

Comprehensive and Challenging- Entirely taught in English by internationally-renowned faculty, the one-year Master's track in American Studies offers engaging research seminars which examine a wide range of theoretical, historical, social-political, and cultural approaches to the Americas.

Research-Focused and Flexible - Based on your academic and professional interests, you can develop your own specific profile by tailoring your research topics to your individual preferences. Your program will culminate in a Master's Dissertation exploring a relevant American Studies topic of your choice.

Practical and Cross-Cultural - You can enhance your academic experience by studying abroad or doing an internship in North or South America. Upon graduation, your subject-matter expertise in U.S. economic, political, and cultural affairs combined with your independent research and highly proficient English skills will set you apart in your future career.

To learn more about the Master's track in American Studies, please visit http://www.rug.nl/(...)rs/american-studies/

Why study this programme in Groningen?

  • Interdisciplinary approach to the Americas: history, popular culture, politics, economics, ideology, ethnicity, etc.
  • Experienced and highly trained international teaching staff
  • Wide range of transferable skills, such as fluency in spoken and written English, independent, critical thinking, and cultural adaptability

After your studies

The track's interdisciplinary curriculum and specialisations gives you ample opportunity to find out what topics interest you most and what areas of employment you wish to explore. Pursuing an internship while in the program is a great way to gain experience in the field prior to seeking full-time employment. As an American Studies graduate, you will gain competency in a broad range of transferable skills which will diversify your career prospects.

Your expertise in the US economic, political, cultural, commercial and social domains, coupled with your highly proficient English communication skills and cultural adaptability through your study abroad experience, will set you apart from other job candidates.

Job examples

  • Journalism - depending on your areas of specialisation, a job in journalism is a possibility. Students interested in journalism may consider using their proficiency in US political and cultural affairs to work as correspondents or reporters for international or US media outlets.
  • Business - interested in marketing or international business? Then utilise your knowledge of US economic and commercial policies and practices by assisting companies seeking to expand into the European and US markets.
  • Culture and Arts - you might prefer to think about working in the cultural field, for example, a job in a museum or organising a film festival. The American Studies program offers many possibilities for international contacts, which can be utilised for job options in a range of cultural industries. In addition, your cross-cultural experiences and English skills will also prepare you to work in the travel industry, especially organising and leading guided trips.
  • Public Sector - your subject-matter expertise in U.S. socio-political affairs and proficient English skills are relevant transferable skills for work in the public sector. Consider working for an NGO or governmental entity, in positions ranging from Media and Communication Coordinators to Information Officers.
  • Education - your highly proficient English skills will also prepare you to work at education institutions, in particular in the area of the internationalisation of teaching and learning. A number of graduates also work in high schools and institutions of tertiary education, where they teach primarily English or History. Several American Studies graduates also wish to continue their studies by completing PhD degrees, either in The Netherlands, the UK or the US.

Visit the North American Studies: American Studies MA page on the University of Groningen website for more details!

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