Master of Arts in the Field of American Studies

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

Completion of course and other requirements in either general studies or one of two concentrations.

General studies

Required: 30 credits, including a 3-credit required course, 6 credits in research seminar courses, and 21 credits in elective courses.

AMST 6100Scope and Methods in American Studies
At least six credits in research seminars. This may include AMST 6195 taken twice or other approved research courses.
A minimum of 21 credits in elective courses pertaining to the study of American culture approved by the department. These may include graduate courses in anthropology, English, fine arts and art history, geography, history, media and public affairs, and political science.
An optional thesis may be undertaken for 6 credits as part of these 21 credits.

Concentration in museums and material culture

This concentration, offered in association with the Smithsonian Institution, emphasizes the use of physical objects and spaces in historical research. 

Required: 30 credits, including 6 credits in required courses, 6 credits in research seminars, and 18 credits in elective courses.

AMST 6100Scope and Methods in American Studies
AMST 6710American Material Culture
At least two designated research seminars
At least 18 additional credits of courses pertaining to the study of American culture, museum studies, and museum education