North American Studies

1 Jahre

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2083.00 € / Jahr

Application deadline: 15 June (September intake) and 1 December (February intake)

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North American Studies

The Master's in North American Studies at Leiden University focuses on key areas of North A merican history and literature. Explore in - depth major issues in the history, literature and culture of the U.S., including African - American history and literature, U.S. political history and foreign policy, immigrant and ethnic studies, and public memorialisation. An integrated approach is taken to all topics, with connections made between North American history, culture and literature, and contemporary developments.

An important aspect of the programme is learning how to conduct in dependent multidisciplinary research, comprehend and apply theoretical insights, and take a critical approach to all material. Opportunities are available for an internship or an exchange at a North American university. Learn alongside talented and highly - motivated students. Classes are kept deliberately small to allow for a high level of interaction with your lecturers, many of whom are leading researchers in the field of American Studies.

Curriculum and Overview

The Master's in North American Studies programme consists of one core course, three research seminars, and an MA thesis. Students can pursue a multidisciplinary approach, or can specialise in either American history or American literature. You also have the option of doing an internship at an organisation or spending a semester studying at a university in North America.

The core course 'Major Issues in American Studies' explores the major issues and scholarly and theoretical debates within the academic field of American history, politics and culture. Three research seminars provide an in - depth analysis of a particular subject covered by the core course. Students carry out research within these seminars using original source materials, published documents and/or critical and theoretical sources. Subjects include:

  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Post - 9/11 literature, film and culture in the U.S.
  • Immigrant and minority literature, 
  • Slavery and memory, and the American South.

An MA thesis c oncludes the programme, which includes an oral defence. Individual tuition guides students through the process of writing their MA thesis.

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus:

Job and Career prospects

Leiden University Humanities graduates do very well in the international job market. A master's degree enhances the career prospects of all bachelor's graduates, as does relevant work experience during their studies and choosing their electives strategically.

The MA in North American Studies offers excellent preparation for students seeking a profession that requires advanced analytic al skills and specialised knowledge of U.S. history, literature, politics, and culture. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in research and in public, private and non - profit organisations.

Some positions held by our graduates include:

  • Owner of a publishing house
  • Teacher of English at a secondary school
  • Functional applications manager at a government organisation
  • Communications officer
  • Freelance writer and researcher
  • Assistant conference manager at a company specialising in data analysis
  • Editor at an academic publishing house
  • Product manager at a software company

Do you want to apply for this programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step-by-step guide:

About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open - minded an d critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly pe rsonal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!

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