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American Studies degrees abroad

Few countries have had such a profound global impact on modern life than the USA. American studies is a diverse and fascinating subject, and the perfect program if you want to learn more about the history, culture, literature, politics, film, and art of the United States.

As an American studies student you’ll study the ideas, events, and figures that have defined the US. American studies programs aim to combine critical thinking with social awareness and you could study subjects as diverse as the American Civil War, Disney, Hollywood, or the battle for civil rights.

By studying American studies abroad, you could get the opportunity to immerse yourself in the very same culture that you’re learning about in the classroom. Alternatively, you could choose to see American studies through the lens of another country, offering a unique perspective of the subject. Either way, studying overseas is a great way to access a first-class education while broadening your personal horizons.

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American Studies program structure

American studies is most commonly offered as a BA at undergraduate level, but you can also study the subject as a postgraduate.

If you choose to study American studies outside of the US, most programs will include a year abroad where you will study in the States or Canada. If studying in the US, you can choose American studies as your major alongside general studies and other minor subjects, gaining your degree over four years.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you can study an MA in American Studies in several countries. These programs tend to take one or two years to complete and can be taught or research-based. PhD programs are also available, with study taking between three and five years.

The teaching on most American studies programs will be in the form of lectures and seminars, with an emphasis on small group discussions and debate. Assessment is usually a mixture of written assignments and essays, group projects, presentations and exams, but this will vary depending on the modules you study.

The precise makeup and curriculum of each program will vary depending on where you choose to study, but there some are typical modules, including:

  • American literature
  • US history
  • American film and television culture
  • American politics and society
  • America during the cold war
  • International politics
  • Ethnicity and diversity in America
  • American cities

American Studies study abroad programs

American studies undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in american studies

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    American Cultural Studies - BA Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,562 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,562 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    American Studies - BA American University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    55,724 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 55,724 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    American Studies - BA Mount Allison University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,792 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,210 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    American Studies - BA State University of New York at Oswego, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,679 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,679 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    American Studies - BA Hampshire College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    57,158 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 57,158 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in american studies

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    American Studies - AA Riverside City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,440 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,440 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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American studies graduate programs

Master's in american studies

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    American Studies - MA University of Massachusetts, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,062 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,062 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    American Studies - MA Montana State University Bozeman, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,642 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,642 USD

    Start date
    August, May, December
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Future american studies careers

American studies is a varied, interdisciplinary degree program that will arm you with a range of skills that will prepare you for various careers. Some of the roles American studies graduates pursue after graduation include:

  • Broadcast journalist
  • Print journalist
  • Public relations officer
  • Marketing executive
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Publishing copy editor

The career options you’ll have after graduation are endless, so don’t limit yourself to the roles listed above. If you want help working out what you want to do, or how to achieve your dream job, speak to your university’s careers advice service for help.