- Graduate Information
Accelerated Bachelor/Master's Program
The accelerated B.A./M.A. offers the opportunity for outstanding American Studies undergraduate majors to begin a M.A. program in their senior year, completing the M.A. with a full-time fifth year of graduate study after their successful completion of both the first-year requirements and their undergraduate degree and major.
The B.A. and M.A. course requirements are the same as they are for students in the stand-alone B.A. and M.A. programs; students who are enrolled in the accelerated B.A./M.A., however, are able to double-count two graduate courses (6 credits) taken during their senior undergraduate year toward both degrees. With that and at least one graduate course taken in the summer, students can complete their M.A. in addition to their B.A. in only 12-14 additional months.
Students enrolled in the accelerated B.A./M.A. program take the same qualifying exam as students in the stand-along M.A. program; this will occur at the end of their senior undergraduate year.
In order to advance to the M.A. after the conferral of the B.A., students must receive at least a B in graduate courses taken as an undergraduate, clear any incomplete grades on their undergraduate transcripts, and pass their qualifying exam.
Portfolio or Thesis
Portfolio or thesis requirements are the same as for students in the stand-alone M.A. program; students choosing the thesis option, however, will likely take their 6 credits of thesis work (ASTD 599) in the Spring semester of their second year due to the structure of the accelerated B.A./M.A. program.
The oral examination requirements are the same as for students in the stand-alone M.A. program.
There is no language requirement for the accelerated B.A./M.A.
Sample Degree Plan
Typically, the accelerated B.A./M.A. will be completed as follows:
Year One (Senior Undergraduate Year)
Fall: ASTD 510 (3 credits)
Spring: 3-6 credits of graduate coursework
Summer after BA Graduation: 3-6 credits of graduate coursework
Year Two (Full-time MA Year)
9 credits of graduate coursework [Portfolio Option]
9 credits of graduate coursework [Thesis Option]
9 credits of graduate coursework; Portfolio Paper; Oral Examination [Portfolio Option]
3 credits of graduate coursework; ASTD 599 (6 credits); Oral Examination [Thesis Option]