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American Studies 050
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  Graduate School-Newark 2020-2022 Programs, Faculty, and Courses American Studies 050 Master of Arts in American Studies  

Master of Arts in American Studies

The Master's degree in American Studies requires the successful completion of 30 credits of work in either the general track or the track in Public Humanities.

9 Credits Core courses in American Studies

  • Introduction to American Studies (3 credits)
  • Methodological Approaches to American Studies (3 credits)
  • One course in public humanities, chosen in consultation with the program director (3 credits)

15 Credits in Electives

Elective courses should be registered for in consultation with the Program Director and should reflect the desired areas of content and methodological expertise of students for both their research projects and careers after graduation.

With the approval of the Program Director, a student may enroll in an undergraduate course for graduate credit up to three times during their coursework. To receive graduate credit, the student, in consultation with the instructor, must propose and have approved by the Program Director additional work to qualify for graduate credit. This plan should be submitted and approved at least one week before the start of classes.

With the approval of the Program Director, up to six credits in directed readings may be counted toward the completion of the M.A. Degree.

Notwithstanding the above options, at least 15 credits must be taken as Master seminars.

6 Credits of Thesis/Capstone OR Additional Electives

Students choosing the thesis option must signal their intention and identify a thesis advisor no later than after having completed 18 credits. The Ph.D. degree in American Studies requires the successful completion of 60 credits of work.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 12 graduate-level course credits may be transferred from another institution toward the completion of the M.A. degree. In addition, the program will consider prior experiential learning / professional experience as a route to transfer credits. The appropriateness of the credits to be transferred to the completion of the M.A. in American Studies will be determined by the Program Director.

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