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 but also accepts U.S. applicants.
Master's 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.
Please note that the following requirements are for the previous application cycle and will be updated in late Summer 2021.
- GRE General: Not required
- GRE Subject: Not required
- Personal Statement: 1000-1500 word personal statement that gives your reasons to pursue graduate work in the field of your study. The statement should include examples of your past work in your chosen field, your plans for study at Brown, issues and problems you'd like to address in your field and your professional goals.
- Recommendations: Three (3) recommendations required
- Resume: Required
- Additional Materials: Writing sample required (short sample of 10–20 pages in area of interest)
- TOEFL/IELTS: Required for any non-native English speaker who does not have a degree from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction or from a University in the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (except Quebec), Ethiopia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Gambia, Uganda, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales), West Indies, Zambia).
We will NOT be accepting the TOEFL at home version or the IELTS Indicator exam. However, we WILL be accepting the TOEFL ITP Plus exam for students in mainland China.
If you have any questions regarding the application process for this program, please email [email protected].
Application Deadline: Applications to this program are closed for Fall 2021 entry and will reopen in late summer 2021. Brown undergraduates may apply as a Fifth-Year Master’s student through May 1, 2021.