M.A. in American Studies

M.A. in American Studies

Brown’s Department of American Studies presents an innovative program designed for students as an intensive year of graduate studies focused on American society and culture which:

  • combines broad interdisciplinary training with attention to individually defined research interests
  • allows students to hone their critical thinking and research skills in preparation for further graduate study
  • enriches future work outside of the academic world by introducing students to new questions, frameworks, and activist traditions
  • helps make sense of the contemporary world and the past.

The M.A. Program features:

  • intense individual advising
  • courses across the University in a range of departments
  • course-work only (no thesis)
  • the transfer of one or more graduate credits from a home institution;
  • arrangements for students to participate in one internship with a local cultural or political organization as part of their course of study
  • work with the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Our curriculum stresses four broad interdisciplinary themes:

  • social structures and practices of identity
  • space and place
  • production of culture and consumption
  • science, technology, and everyday life

And four interdisciplinary approaches:

  • cultural/social analysis
  • global/international contextualization
  • new media understandings
  • publicly engaged scholarship

Current students and faculty work in the fields of:

  • popular culture/ popular literature
  • history of technology and material culture
  • food studies
  • digital scholarship
  • museum studies
  • racial and ethnic studies
  • medical history
  • urban studies
  • cultural, social and intellectual history

Applications will be accepted until June 15th for the following September. Admission to this program is a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early.

For application information click here.

Special information for international applicants can be found here.

For questions, contact:

John Eng-Wong, Graduate Advisor

Caroline Frank, Special Advisor