Masters degrees in USA History explore the debated historical origins of the Unites United States of America, including the European colonisation of the Americas, and the prehistory history of the Native Americans.
Related subjects include Central American History and South American HistoryAmerican Studies and American Literature. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as History, Anthropology or Colonial Studies.
Courses in the History of the USA examine the contested heritages, cultures and demographics of American people: from the development of Native American society, to the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the 15th century, and the expansion of the American frontier in the 17th century.
Popular areas for postgraduate specialism (and dissertation research) include America’s declaration of independence, the slave trade and early years of the republic, the Civil War, the Great Depression, and the terror attacks of 9/11. Within these areas, specialist topics and themes include women’s rights, race and identity, class and economic progression.
For example, you might analyse the women’s suffrage movement, and its impacts on gender equality in the USA. Or, you might research topics such as African American ancestry and heritage that continue to resonate within America’s modern history.
Careers in the field may include working as a historian on behalf of a heritage institution, roles in publishing and the media, or even public relations.