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American Studies

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Language of education
Dutch, English
12 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The Master's in American Studies examines the (multi)cultural, ethnic and national identity of the United States from a comparative, cross-cultural perspective.

The Master's programme in American Studies focuses on the unique characteristics of American culture, society, and history. In this interdisciplinary Master's the U.S. is not studied in isolation; rather the programme employs a comparative international and multicultural approach to examine the nature of American civilisation and its relation to the world. A broad view of American identity is presented, embracing cultural and political history, literature, film and the arts. You learn to identify and analyse abstract concepts such as multiculturalism, ethnicity and national identity within the context of U.S. society, and to compare the American political system with other political and societal systems. You develop a keen eye for important academic debates and learn to place research data in a theoretical and methodical framework.

The courses in this one year taught programme are largely presented as seminars, in which you interact with classmates and faculty members. You apply new knowledge and skills to your final Master's thesis; it is possible to complete your preparatory research for the thesis at an exchange school in the Netherlands or abroad.

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a top international university that holds a top  100 position in the international rankings. It offers a broad range of high-quality Dutch- and English-taught programs and courses. The English curriculum consists of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs, certificate courses, and Summer School courses. In addition, some of the world’s most talented students come to Utrecht University to do their PhD research.

Research has always played a fundamental role in Utrecht University’s degree programs. Course content is closely linked to top-class research. Students are taught in small groups by top researchers and lecturers, mostly experts in their field. Utrecht University is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge. Our research continues to have impact in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and culture.

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Admission requirements

Language requirements

CAE: B1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS writing: 6, TOEFL paper based: 580, TOEFL computer based: 237, TOEFL internet based: 93

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