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American Studies

School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

American Studies

Professional Benefits  ♦ Curriculum  ♦ Certificate in American Studies

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About the Program 

American Studies asks what it means to be “American.” It interrogates the forces that hold Americans together, while also recognizing that “America” has always been a contested category whose meaning has changed over time. American Studies at Stockton is also decidedly transnational--emphasizing hemispheric, diasporic, and transatlantic approaches to American history and culture.

The American Studies program also builds on Stockton College’s long-standing commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship. The program’s faculty members are respected scholars in traditional disciplines, such as literature, history, art history, and communications, as well as interdisciplinary fields, including Latin American and Caribbean studies, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, Native American studies, Africana studies, Jewish studies, postcolonial studies, and studies of American culture and the environment.

Program Outcomes

Stockton’s American Studies program provides an advanced interdisciplinary degree for students seeking professional and personal advancement through the liberal arts. The degree and certificate programs are tailored to fit a variety of career goals as well as to provide preparation for professional degrees or doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences. Degree and certificate candidates could seek careers -- or enrich their careers -- in public relations, education, law, market research, journalism, government, museums, auction houses, libraries, and nonprofit work. The program’s international approach to American studies will, furthermore, prepare graduates with skills to understand globalization and the relationship of the United States with different parts of the world.

Graduate students enter Stockton’s American Studies program from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of skills, professional experiences, and research interests. They will find a community of scholars and a range of resources to complement their specific interests and allow them to pursue their personal and professional goals.

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Professional Benefits

Stockton’s American Studies curriculum prepares students to apply to Ph.D. programs in American Studies or other related fields. The degree also provides post-baccalaureate training for a number of professions. Professional benefits for students are three-fold:

  1. Master’s degrees enable teachers to improve their professional qualifications and earn promotions.
  2. The certificate and MA programs enhance career development opportunities for regional professionals in a variety of public history, nonprofit, and related fields.
  3. Students may also use the master’s degree as a stepping-stone to further graduate study.

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Curriculum

The curriculum provides two basic models for two different groups of students: a) those who are coming to the college with completed bachelor’s degrees and wish to earn a master’s degree; and b) those who wish to earn a certificate in American Studies.

M.A. in American Studies

Students with a bachelor's degree who wish to earn a master’s degree will complete 30 credits from a menu of courses (see curriculum below).

MAAS Curriculum- 30 credits

Core Courses- 6 credits
Proseminar in American Studies (3 credits)
Research Methods in American Studies (3 credits)
 
Electives- 24 credits 
Periods Electives (P)- Examine a particular historical time period from the perspective of multiple disciplines and intellectual paradigms. Possible courses include “1930s America” and “The Age of Revolutions.”
Approaches and Applications Electives (A)- Explore a particular theoretical or methodological approach in American Studies. Possible courses include “Feminist Theory,” “Theories of Race and Ethnicity,” and “Museum Studies.”
Topics Electives (T)- Interrogate a particular issue or theme related to the cultures of the United States and/or the Americas. Possible courses include “Literature of the Americas” and “Sustainability and the Humanities.”
*  Students choosing to complete a master's thesis will engage in a 6-credit, two semester research tutorial directed by an American Studies faculty member serving as the Thesis Advisor.  *  Students completing internships must also fulfill assignments outside of their internship developed by their on-site supervisor (Internship Coordinator).  A 3-credit internship is available (90 hours) and a 6-credit internship is available (180 hours).


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American Studies Certificate of Graduate Study

The American Studies Certificate of Graduate Study allows students to earn advanced training in American Studies without committing to a master's degree program. The certificate program requires 15 hours of graduate credit and with approval of the MAAS director, certificate students may complete a course in another Stockton graduate program or an internship to fulfill three of the six required elective courses. Should students want to enroll in MAAS, they would have completed half of the required coursework (see curriculum below).

American Studies Certificate of Graduate Study Curriculum- 15 Credits

Core Courses- 6 credits
AMST 5000:  Proseminar in American Studies (3 credits)
AMST 5001:  Research Methods in American Studies (3 credits)

One of the following two courses:

  • Critical Theory and American Studies (3 credits)
  • Internship (3 credits)
 
Electives- 6 credits: Certificate students take one or two American Studies (AMST) elective courses in one or more of the categories listed below. Students may choose to take one course in another Stockton graduate program or to complete an internship to fulfill three of the six required elective credits.
Periods Electives (P)- Examine a particular historical time period from the perspective of multiple disciplines and intellectual paradigms. Possible courses include “1930s America” and “The Age of Revolutions.”
Approaches and Applications Electives (A)- Explore a particular theoretical or methodological approach in American Studies. Possible courses include “Feminist Theory,” “Theories of Race and Ethnicity,” and “Museum Studies.”
Topics Electives (T)- Interrogate a particular issue or theme related to the cultures of the United States and/or the Americas. Possible courses include “Literature of the Americas” and “Sustainability and the Humanities.”

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Admissions Criteria

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in American Studies program, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Stockton's Online Graduate Application (including signature page and application fee);
  2. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution (official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required).
  3. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  4. Testing Requirements: 
    • Standardized test scores (GRE or MAT) are required for international applicants without U.S. or Canadian degrees and for applicants with lower than a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.
    • Standardized test scores are optional for students with a 3.0 GPA or above with U.S. or Canadian undergraduate degrees from an accredited institution.
  5. Three current letters of recommendation along with the recommendation form written specifically for admission to the MAAS Program (2 recommended from faculty); 
  6. Essay;
  7. A current resume.

Apply today.  If you have further questions, Request More Information, view Frequently Asked Questions, or please call the Graduate Admissions Office at (609) 626-3640 or E-mail gradschool@stockton.edu.

 

Deborah Gussman
Director, M.A. in American Studies Program
Associate Professor of Literature

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