Because of the global reach of the United States, most Europeans have the impression that they "know" America, which is often perceived as a single culture, with little recognition of the complexity and variety that are characteristic of the nation.
American Studies is a two year MA program that focuses on the world's leading superpower. It looks at culture, politics, economics, literature, and society in a country of more than 300 million inhabitants in fifty distinct states.
American Studies is an interdisciplinary study that draws on several disciplines that must be included in order to ensure that students can understand and analyse American cultural identities and the changing relationship between the United States and the rest of the world.
Through its cooperation with several departments at the University of Southern Denmark, American Studies offers you the opportunity to shape your study program by choosing electives in the participating programs, including literature, history, politics, and journalism. In the third semester, you also have the opportunity to go abroad to study in a European or American university through exchange agreements with selected institutions.
The application form is available by clicking on the appropriate box in the upper right-hand corner of this page.
This program is offered in English.
Freedom to choose
During the second and third semesters, you will be able to choose elective courses that deal with a range of topics that reflect the faculty's research interests. The majority of these courses are in participating departments, including history, political science, English, media studies, religion, journalism, and marketing. During the third semester, you also have the option of studying abroad at a European or an American university. The course areas may include the following:
- The American political system, including the presidency, the most important federal institutions, the electoral system, the welfare system, and the like.
- Regional identities, including how various regions have emerged, notably the Northeast, the South, the Middle West, and the West, and how these differences are manifested in culture, politics and economic differences.
- Ethnic and racial minorities and cultures, including immigration history, the debate over immigration restriction, religious differences, and the literary and cultural expressions of multiculturalism.
- Foreign policy, including its historical development, institutional expression, and foreign policy debates.
- Economics, including the central economic institutions and organizations, industrial history, comparative corporate culture, the labour market, and the complex relations between technology and culture.
- Popular culture, including media, film, literature, and material culture.
- Social and cultural history
- Finally, new courses are being created every year, often taught by visiting professors, so it is impossible to list all the possibilities that may be available.
Graduates who have completed this master program are entitled to use the title of MA (master of arts) in American studies.
Access to the MA in American Studies will be granted those who hold a bachelor degree in English, History, Journalism, MA in Business, Language and Culture (Negot), Business Language and Media (provided the language is English), Business language and IT (provided the language is English), Business Language in two languages (provided one of the languages is English) or a bachelor in Political Science.
Students with other bachelor degrees deemed of relevance by the Study Board will likewise be granted access to the MA in American Studies.
The following criteria must be met:
A. History and social studies
The following areas must be covered: Anthropology, Social Studies (including Comparative Social Studies), Historical Analysis, International Politics and International Economy, Political Science and Political Structures.
The following areas must be covered: Cultural History, Intercultural Relations, Cultural Analysis and Media.
As a minimum, applicants must have covered 60 ECTS within the areas described in A and B and at least 10 ECTS in each part. Having included topics from the areas A and B in the BA project also counts towards fulfillment of the ECTS requirement.
If the Study Board deems it necessary, i.e. you do not completely fulfil the entry requirements, you may be asked to take supplementary courses prior to enrollment.
Applicants must provide documentation of proficiency in English.