The American Studies master's degree program is an eight-course sequence of study with flexible residence requirements. A standard program encompasses two semesters of four courses each. Notably, recent course offerings have included transnational classroom experiences, joining students based in Providence via the Internet to students outside the US, an experience in keeping with the transnational framework of the program. A required seminar – “Introduction to Interdisciplinary American Studies” – also adopts a transnational frame. The program encourages participation from international students, and beginning in the fall of 2016 will also accept US applicants.
MA recipients in American Studies have gone on to doctoral studies in American Studies, English, and History, professional programs in journalism and public affairs, and employment and internships in advertising, publishing, government service, 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.
A.M.: Eight courses which include at least two 2000-level seminars, one of which must be AMST 2020. Students may take courses in any department or program in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. The program features course-work and a final ePortfolio. Students have the opportunity for community engagement or work with a local cultural or political organization as part of their course of study.
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 May 1 for enrollment in the following fall semester. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.