Master of Arts in American Studies

The Master of Arts Program in American Studies consists of 36 credit hours and foreign language requirement.

The language requirement may be met by a proficiency test administered by the Department of Foreign Languages, coursework through Foreign Language 2002 at the undergraduate level with a grade of C or better, graduate level coursework indicating language proficiency, or an equivalent as approved the Director of American Studies. The foreign language requirement may be met either prior to or while enrolled in the MA Program in American Studies.

Transnational Concentration: The Transnational Concentration is an elective concentrative for interested students enrolled in the MA Program in American Studies. Students are not required to pursue a specialization in Transnational American Studies. This concentration consists of nine elective credit hours in courses with a transnational emphasis, an advanced foreign language requirement, and a study abroad requirement as follows:

Nine Elective Credit Hours: Students shall complete their nine elective credit hours of graduate-level study in courses beyond the transnational cluster requirement. The courses that meet the transnational course objectives are: AMST 7510, AMST 7520, Graduate-Level Study Abroad Program, or courses designated as transnational in the course offerings. Courses not previously approved as transnational in content must be approved by the Program Director. Students must complete at least six of these credit hours in AMST courses.

Language Requirement: Each student in the Transnational Concentration must pass a 3000-level proficiency exam administered by the Department of Foreign Languages, complete a 3000-level language course with a grade of “C” or better, or complete graduate-level coursework indicating proficiency. Native speakers of languages other than English may apply to the Program Director for a waiver of this requirement.

Study Abroad Requirement: Students in the Transnational Concentration must participate in and receive a grade of “B” or better in any approved graduate-level study abroad program. All graduate-level study abroad courses offered by AMST-affiliated faculty at KSU can fulfill this requirement. Other graduate study abroad courses offered at KSU or by other institutions must be approved by the Program Director.


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Rebecca Hill - Graduate Director & Undergraduate Coordinator, American Studies Program