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More AMST Faculty Information

American Studies (AMST)   

Program Title and Classification

American Studies

Graduate Degree Program

College: Arts and Humanities


American Studies offers an interdisciplinary program of study leading to the Masters of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Research and teaching in the Department focus on two intellectual themes: the cultures of everyday life, and cultural constructions of identity and difference. These themes drive our examinations of multiple cultures within the U.S., across the Americas, and transnationally. They also embrace numerous cultural studies approaches, including material and visual culture, ethnography and life history, popular culture and media studies, queer studies, studies of the body and sexualities, gender studies, food studies, digital cultures, critical race studies, and cultural landscapes and geography. Students develop expertise in multiple methodologies and take courses in many departments across the University. The Department benefits from a large and diverse affiliate faculty, strong relationships with cultural institutions such as the Smithsonian museums, and ready access to many other museums in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, government agencies, archives and historical societies, and multiple local communities. Students may also take advantage of graduate certificate programs for which our courses apply, including Museum Scholarship and Material Culture, Critical Theory, Historic Preservation, and Women’s Studies. The program in U.S. Latina/o Studies is contained within the Department, and we have a leadership role in developing Native American Studies.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements: 

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Writing Sample
  • CV/Resume

Many admitted students have previously majored in American Studies, History, English, Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, Anthropology, Art or Architectural History, Journalism, and Communications. However, applicants with broad backgrounds in arts and humanities and/or the behavioral and social sciences are also given serious consideration if interdisciplinary, American Studies-related subject matter or theories have been emphasized. Application requirements for both M.A. and Ph.D. programs include:

International applicants must also submit TOEFL scores. Applicants who do not yet have M.A. degrees and who desire to obtain the Ph.D. degree at Maryland should apply directly to the Ph.D. program.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Dec

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis option: 30 credits required

Non-thesis option: 30 credits required

AMST 601: Introductory Theories and History in American Studies (3 credits)

Methods Seminar course (3 credits)

AMST designated seminar courses (9 credits)


Thesis option: Nine additional course credits and six credits of AMST 799: Master's Thesis Research

Non-thesis option: 15 additional course credits and completion of a scholarly paper


Students take a total of 30 credits of course work in American Studies and related disciplines and demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research by submitting an acceptable thesis or a scholarly paper in lieu of a thesis.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements
Students entering P.h.D. program with only a Bachelor's degree:

1. Minimum of 42 credits required, in addition to 12 credits of AMST 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research.

2.  AMST 601: Introductory Theories and History in American Studies (3 credits); AMST 603: Introductory Theories and History in American Studies (3 credits); AMST 898: Pre-Candidacy Research (3 credits); AMST 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (12 credits)

3. Nine credits of AMST designated seminar courses are required, in addition to a three-credit methods seminar course.

4. 18 credits of specialization courses are required, with nine credits in each. 

Students entering P.h.D. program with a Master's degree:

1. Minimum of 30 credits required, in addition to 12 credits of AMST 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research.

2.  AMST 601: Introductory Theories and History in American Studies (3 credits); AMST 603: Introductory Theories and History in American Studies (3 credits); AMST 898: Pre-Candidacy Research (3 credits); AMST 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (12 credits)

3. Nine credits of AMST designated seminar courses are required, in addition to a three-credit methods seminar course.

4. 12 credits of specialization courses are required, with six credits in each. 


Ph. D. students complete at least 30 credit hours that are organized around two areas of specialization. Students must also pass two comprehensive examinations (one general, the other specialized) and, after submitting a detailed prospectus, write and defend an interdisciplinary dissertation that answers significant questions about American culture(s) and experiences, past or present.


Facilities and Special Resources

The Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas offer extraordinary research facilities for the study of past and present Americans$rsquo; experiences and culture, including the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian’s many institutions, the National Park Service, the Maryland Historical Society, and the Walters Art Museum and National Gallery, and other cultural institutions. The National Archives II, National Trust Library and Library of American Broadcasting are all located on the College Park campus. There are also numerous local and regional-focused museums, collections, archives, libraries, and "think tanks" that can support students’ interests in issues and topics related to identity and difference and the cultures of everyday lfe. Through consortia arrangements with universities in the area, including George Washington University and Georgetown University, students may augment their programs with courses otherwise unavailable at the University of Maryland.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of teaching assistantships are available in addition to graduate fellowships. Students who hold assistantships typically teach two sections of AMST 201, Introduction to American Studies, or AMST 205, Material Aspects of American Life.

Contact Statement

Additional information on program offerings, degree requirements and financial aid can be obtained on the department’s Web site ( and by writing to:



Director of Graduate Studies

Department of American Studies

1328 Tawes Hall

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-1354

Fax: (301) 314-9453">


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