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Coursework

Graduate coursework provides students advanced training in American Studies.

In the core sequence and electives, students garner an understanding of American Studies both as a stand-alone field and an interdisciplinary nexus of varied approaches to scholarship, from history to anthropology to media studies. Students also gain perspective on the historical formation of American society and culture, from the conquest and colonial period to the present. By the completion of their coursework, students will have developed professional writing and research skills, plus expertise in a specific subfield or topic area.

Required Core Courses

All graduate students are required to complete three core courses in the department: AMST 600, AMST 601, and AMST 602. The core sequence serves three purposes. First, it introduces students to American Studies as a stand-alone field, as well as the varied perspectives that have shaped its development. Secondly, it provides  an advanced and shared overview of the history of American society and culture from the conquest and colonial period to the present, with special emphasis on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Finally, it fosters a sense of community within each cohort of incoming students. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the core sequence in their first year of study, generally taking AMST 600 and AMST 601 in the first fall semester and AMST 602 in the spring. For more information on each course, see the Course Descriptions.

Other Notes on Required Courses:

  • All graduate students must maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5
  • Only courses in which the student attains a B- or better can count toward an AMST graduate degree. 
  • No more than 3 courses taken as an unclassified student may count toward a graduate degree in American Studies.
  • Only courses taken for a grade will be counted toward a graduate degree