The Master of Arts in American Studies program explores the literature, music, history, politics, and culture of America. This degree advances the academic and professional development of individuals who have studied some aspect of American history, language, literature or culture as undergraduates and who are interested in deepening their understanding of American Studies. Emphasis is placed on the role of globalization; diversity and the need for cultural competencies; a knowledge of American history; an understanding of contemporary American society; and an appreciation for American literature, humanities, and the arts.
The program consists of 33-equivalent U.S. credit hours of graduate-level core and elective study. All students are required to complete three credits of equivalent study in each of these four areas: American literature/linguistics/arts/humanities; contemporary American society; diversity in the American experience; American history. This program can be applied toward the master’s degree requirement for teachers who are seeking professional certification in the state of New York. Additional coursework in the area of initial certification may be required.
As part of this program, American students have the option to spend a semester abroad. This unique opportunity combines study in Central Europe with study in the United States. Students who choose this option will gain a unique perspective on their own culture through a semester abroad at the Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Pannonia in Veszprém, Hungary. International students have the opportunity to study issues on American Studies at Nazareth College, in the Upstate New York region.
In the study abroad option, students will take 4 courses in Hungary at the University of Pannonia, and the balance of their course work in the United States at Nazareth College. Because the degree will be granted in the U.S. by Nazareth College, Hungarian coursework will be treated as transfer credit.
International Student Requirements:
Submission of a World Education Services (WES) evaluation of the Bachelors degree equivalency, Declaration of Finances form, Bank Affidavit, and TOEFL score.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 33
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 798 USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Large Suburb
Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999