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History: American Studies

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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American Studies is an interdisciplinary, English-language one-year Master's programme. It attracts students from many academic backgrounds: history, cultural studies, media studies, social sciences.

American Studies at the UvA has always been interdisciplinary, and it has always encouraged a view of the United States from transnational and comparative perspectives. This has expanded in recent years to a global perspective. Our courses explore the political, cultural, economic and military presence of the United States abroad - both historically and with an eye toward America in the world today. Our field of inquiry spans high culture and mass culture, from intellectual history to the presence of America in popular media.
For these reasons, doing American Studies in Europe is an asset and not a drawback. European views of the US have long been central to American Studies as a field, and the often contrapuntal relationship of Europe and America is a central theme of Atlantic history. Amsterdam - where one encounters American-style modernity in a major European cultural center - is an ideal vantage point.The lecturers come from an extremely broad range of academic backgrounds, thereby ensuring that the courses are highly interdisciplinary. Guided directly by the academic staff, students will write an original thesis, drawing on their own interests and expertise.


2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 12025 / jaar
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 13225 / jaar
2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar


The Master's programme American Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits:
* 42 credits for core courses and electives.
* 18 credits for a Master's thesis.

instruction modes

Seminars with weekly written assignments. Supervised individual research resulting in a thesis. All classes are taught in small groups, with a maximum of 20 students. Students are expected to attend and to participate actively in classes.

job perspective

The Master's programme in American Studies prepares students to pursue a PhD or for a career in independent research, journalism or a variety of advisory and managerial positions in public organisations and government institutions.


The Master's degree programme in American studies will prepare students for postgraduate studies, independent research, journalism, as well as for a variety of advisory, managerial jobs in advisory organisations and government institutions.

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MA (Master of Arts)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MA (Master of Arts)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60