American Studies | Master of Arts Degree
American Studies by any measure is a path-breaking field. It emerged from the efforts of restless academics to bring the vitality of engaged, cultural criticism into concerted scholarly practice. Frustrated by the limitations of disciplines, these scholars developed fertile conversations across disciplinary boundaries. From its inception, this interdisciplinary endeavor we now call American Studies has excelled in framing new and exciting questions, expanding the range of sources for research and devising cutting-edge methods of scholarship.
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|Application Deadline for Beginning Term||The Application Package||Apply Online|
|Fall: January 15
||Application fee; Transcripts from previous school(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G; Resume; Goal Statement; Interview (desired); Writing Sample (maximum 30 pages);
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|Spring: No admittance
|Summer: January 15
Tel. No.: 314.977.2911
|Chair: Matthew Mancini, Ph.D.
Admissions Coord.: Terri Foster
Assistantship Application Deadline: Early February
Required Additional Application Materials for International Students:
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS score (Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements).
- You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
Credit hours/Coursework: 30 credit hours (MA); 60 credit hours (Ph.D) | American Studies Portfolio and Degree Requirements page
Program Description | Graduate Courses
Master of Arts
Non-research: The principal aim of the degree is to develop a mastery of the origins, development, practice, and theoretical frameworks of the field.
Thesis: The program combine the rigors of training in theory and methods with the development of skills in critical analysis, writing, and research design. Benchmarks include core and elective coursework, skill training, second language acquisition, qualifying exams, application for candidacy, and the proposal, writing, and defense of a dissertation.
Doctor of Philosophy
Career Possibilities: Lawyer; Museum Director; Professor
About the American Studies Faculty: Five new faculty members have been hired in the last four years and each are considered the best available in their discipline. | American Studies Faculty Site
Scholarships & Financial Aid: Between 12 and 13 assistantships (in research). Applicants to the program who also want to apply for an assistantship must have a completed application package submitted by early February. | Student Financial Services at SLU
Program Highlights: Students can petition to move from Masters to Ph.D.; American Studies is a free-standing SLU department; international school exchange studies program with University of Groningen in The Netherlands.
- Standardized test scores are considered as well as GPA and TOEFL (if applicable)
- Whole application and applicant considered
American Studies Application Review Process: All applications are reviewed by the entire faculty.
Admission Statistics: Currently there are over 45 masters and doctoral students in our graduate program.