The United States of America are an amazing country, which means, quite obviously, that it is sometimes difficult to gauge. The new M.A. in American Studies is designed to get an intellectual grip on the richness of American society. With a total of 8 courses, ranging from law and economy over history and politics to various expressions of culture, the program will allow students both to develop an overview and to zoom in on specific topics. The emphasis will be on knowledge that enables the student to maximize his or her chances when applying for a US-related job in the cultural sector (e.g. journalism, higher education), the legal profession, or business at large.