In American Studies at the University of Amsterdam, we study the United States – from inside and out – historically and with an eye toward the present. We explore politics and foreign policy, but also the culture that has influenced and reflected the world.
This year, you won’t be able to attend any busy on-campus events with lots of people. But our online Open House is the perfect way to get to know UvA study programmes and university life from the comfort of your own home.
Every study programme has an Open House page with videos, FAQs and live events. On the main Open House website you can discover all our programmes,explore the city and campus, and get inspired during our theme weeks.
The Master's in American Studies at the UvA is a one-year programme, taught entirely in English. We are based in the history department, but our students come from many disciplines. You will study alongside students from a wide range of backgrounds, such as literature, media studies, cultural studies, sociology and art history. Interdisciplinary pollination means our field of inquiry is broad: Moby-Dick and Mickey Mouse, the sentimental novel and the war on terror. We study American politics, but also the power of culture.
Unique strengths of the programme include:
The character of the American Studies programme:
The program's intensive seminars explore a broad array of sources and scholarship, from classic texts to current dilemmas. Our goal is to equip students to pursue their own interests and to discover new ones. You will be challenged to become better readers, better researchers, and better writers.
After graduating you have learned to conduct research with archival and cultural sources, and to write with eloquence and force in English. You have also learned to relate academic knowledge to the contemporary world. You will be equipped to work in a range of professional fields.
As a student in the Master’s programme in American Studies, you will be expected to have the following knowledge, skills, and insight:
You can study the Master’s degree in American Studies on a part-time basis. This option allows you to follow a maximum of 30 EC per year (12-18 EC per semester). The courses are spread over two years. As a part-time student, you take the regular courses alongside the full-time students. Please consult the programme coordinator for an individual academic plan.
|Degree programme||MA History|
|Type||Regular study programme|
|Credits||60 ECTS, 12 months|
|Language of instruction||English|