• Highway 5, CA

  • Wright Brothers

  • Women at Texas Border, 1900

  • Factory Workers in Paterson, NJ

  • San Francisco, 1906

The American Studies Program

At Rutgers University-Newark, American Studies is an interdisciplinary program offering a PhD, two Master’s tracks (General and Public Humanities), and an undergraduate minor. Our award-winning faculty, drawn from departments across the humanities and social sciences, are actively engaged in research, writing, and community-based public projects. Learn more about our faculty’s research and professional backgrounds here
For graduate students, American Studies offers rigorous training that can prepare students for academic or alt-ac positions or jobs in public history, public humanities or with cultural or community institutions. Our students visit local and national archives, attend public meetings and performances, conduct oral history interviews, and carry out ethnographic fieldwork. All our students, whether they are preparing for careers in the academy or the public sector, are asked to consider the diverse publics that their scholarship can serve and the many forms in which the fruits of their research can be disseminated. We welcome applications from current students who wish to pursue a career within the academy or the public sector, as well as from engaged professionals in the field who seek to strengthen their scholarly and career opportunities.
The undergraduate minor in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark explores American politics, culture and society in Newark, northern New Jersey and around the world. Our courses embrace interdisciplinary methods and draw on disciplines ranging from English to sociology to history.