Masters in Social Sciences

American Studies

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American studies presents the historical, economic, political, and cultural impact of the United States on other nations and people throughout the world. The field also concentrates on the cultural diversity and ways in which American culture has influenced thinking, behaviour and culture outside the U.S. American studies incorporates knowledge from history, sociology, law, gender studies and film and theatre studies.

Courses of American studies offer knowledge on American cultural studies, American literature, American history, political institutions, American democracy, American movie industry, significance of American slavery, Civil Rights Movement, American consumer culture, and more. Some programmes also include information about different types of American communities such as Indian American, African American, Asian American, and more.

The American studies discipline equips students with a broad range of skills like the ability to analyse, compare and interpret socio-cultural concepts, as well as apply theory to practical examples. Students are prepared to analyse linguistic structures and communication situations, texts and literary works.

Graduates may find jobs like: teachers, documentarists, research assistants, cultural programs coordinators, translators.

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M.A. North American Studies

The Master’s programme in North American Studies from Radboud University touches on subjects such as Americanization, globalization, balances of power, transatlantic transfer, cultural mobility, exceptionalism, and cultural diplomacy. You’ll come to understand what shaped Europe's image of the United States and vice versa.  

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M.Sc. International Relations of the Americas

This exciting and innovative programme from the University College London (UCL) embraces courses on both North and Latin America, with compulsory study of both regions. It focuses on inter-American and on Latin/North American global relations. The International Relations of the Americas course will combine breadth with (especially in relation to the 15,000 word dissertation) the depth appropriate for this level of study.

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M.A. American Studies

The American Studies programme is offered at University of Southern Denmark. 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.

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