Graduate Program in American Studies

Graduate Studies

Master's Program   <--Click to view requirements

The Master’s degree in American Studies requires the successful completion of 30 credits of work. Master's degree candidates are expected to complete 24 credits of course work, including 6 credits in two core courses and at least 12 credits in one interdisciplinary area.  They have the option of completing their final six credits either preparing a Master’s thesis or taking two additional elective courses.

The Interdisciplinary Areas of Focus in American Studies at Rutgers - Newark:

Race, Ethnicity, and Modern Society
Urban Cultures
Cultural History and Artistic Production
The United States within a Global Context
The Operations of Social Institutions
Women’s and Gender Studies


Ph. D. Program <-- Click to view requirements

The Ph.D. degree in American Studies requires the successful completion of 60 credits of work. Doctoral candidates are expected to complete 42 credits of course work, including 6 credits in two core courses, 6 credits in upper-level reading and research seminars, 3 credits of coursework in public humanities in a course chosen in consultation with the program director and 18 credits of dissertation research.

Degree candidates must complete substantial work in two of six areas of focus as well as a third field that is more grounded in a single academic discipline.In concert with their advisors, students will develop a focus within each of these areas. For example: Race, Ethnicity, and Modern Society: Asian American Literature and Politics from the 1880s to 1945; or Cultural History and Artistic Production: US Literature and Society since 1945.

Within each of these areas, students will work with an advisor to develop an appropriate reading list for their doctoral qualifying exams.

The Interdisciplinary Areas of Focus in American Studies at Rutgers - Newark:

Race, Ethnicity, and Modern Society
Urban Cultures
Cultural History and Artistic Production
The United States within a Global Context
The Operations of Social Institutions
Women and Gender Studies

Disciplines for Third Academic Specialization:
English
History
Political Science
Jazz History and Research
Urban Systems