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American Studies

The American Studies master's degree program is a one year degree program designed for international students. In this program candidates spend one academic year in residence and complete eight courses. International MA recipients in American Studies have gone on to doctoral studies in American Studies, professional programs in journalism and public affairs, and employment and internships in advertising, publishing, and teaching.

The Department of American Studies at Brown was founded in 1945 as a collaborative as well as interdisciplinary enterprise. The first catalog statement explained that its purpose was "to provide the student with a more comprehensive and better unified knowledge of American Civilization... than would be possible within the limits of a single department." This rigorous interdisciplinary approach still informs the program's goal of reaching a better understanding of the diverse cultures, groups, and experiences that make up American Studies. In recent years, the Department has expanded its commitment to global and international contextualization, public engagement, and new media understandings.

Completion Requirements
A.M.: Eight courses which include four research seminars and four 100 level lecture courses; no more than half in any one discipline. Students may take courses in any department or program, with the approval of the DGS. The program features one year of course-work only (no thesis); allows students to transfer one or more graduate credits from their home institution; and arranges for students to participate in one internship with a local cultural or political organization as part of their course of study (optional).

Admission Information
Admission requirements: Writing sample required (short sample of 10 to 20 pages in area of interest)

GRE General: Recommended
GRE Subject: Not required
Financial aid: Limited awards customarily cover Health insurance and other mandatory student fees.
Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until July 1 for enrollment in the following fall semester.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.