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American Studies

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American Studies

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 About the Program 

Stockton’s graduate program in American Studies offers a 30-credit master’s degree and a 15-credit certificate program that cross disciplinary and professional boundaries in an effort to explore the multiple cultures that comprise the United States within both regional and global contexts.

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.

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.

Master of Arts 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- 9 credits
Proseminar in American Studies (3 credits)
Research Methods in American Studies (3 credits)
Critical Theory and American Studies (3 credits)
 
Electives- 15 credits. MA students take courses in at least two of the following elective categories offered in American Studies (AMST). With the approval of the program director, students may take up to three graduate courses (nine credits) in another Stockton graduate program for elective credit.
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.”
 
Capstone Experience- 6 credits
M.A. students complete one of three Capstone options: Thesis (6 credits), Project (6 credits), or Internship (6 credits)


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Certificate in American Studies

The certificate program aims to give students a solid foundation in the field of American Studies and the flexibility to tailor their electives in such a way to provide opportunities for maximum professional development. Should students want to enroll in MAAS, they would have completed half of the required coursework (see curriculum below).

Certificate in American Studies Curriculum- 15 Credits

Core Courses- 9 credits
Proseminar in American Studies (3 credits)
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 the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program (MAHG) 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. Completed online application. 
  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 a 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. 
  6. 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.

 

Sharon Ann Musher
Director, M.A. in American Studies Program
Assistant Professor of History

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