American Studies at Kennesaw State University

Programs: AMST Masters


KSU’s master’s program in American Studies offers interdisciplinary study of American cultures as they exist locally, regionally, nationally, and trans-nationally. The sole American Studies graduate curriculum in the University System of Georgia, KSU’s new course of study will ground students in the most important and innovative recent scholarship dealing with the United States and its role in the world. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in practical, project-based learning linked to their own professional development needs and interests. Thus, students will not only learn cutting-edge approaches to the study of American history, politics, literature, arts, and culture, but they will also apply this knowledge through group work, collaborations with faculty, community service, and career-related capstone projects.

The American Studies M.A. consists of 36 credit hours and a foreign language requirement, as follows:

  1. Required Courses (6 credits)
    Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
    AMST 7000 American Studies Scholarship 3
    AMST 7100 American Studies Methods 3
  2. Core Curriculum (12 credits).
    A sequence of AMST courses selected to address the professional goals of the student, with one course from each of the four thematic and methodology-based clusters, as outlined below:
    1. Historical Studies Cluster—Choose one. (3 credits)
      Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
      AMST 7200 American Social Movements 3
      AMST 7210 Historical Period 3
      AMST 7230 Public History and Culture 3
      AMST 7240 Enterprise and Labor in American Culture 3


    2. Place and Identity Cluster—Choose one. (3 credit)
      Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
      AMST 7300 Cities, Suburbs and Countryside 3
      AMST 7310 Regional Studies 3
      AMST 7330 Identities and Social Groups 3


    3. Cultural Production Cluster—Choose one. (3 credits)
      Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
      AMST 7410 Literature and Performance in American Culture 3
      AMST 7420 Popular Culture in America 3
      AMST 7450 American Visual Culture 3
      AMST 7460 Movements in American Culture 3


    4. Transnational American Studies Cluster—Choose one. (3 credits)
      Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
      AMST 7510 Passages to America 3
      AMST 7520 America in Transnational Context 3
      Any Approved Graduate-level Study Abroad Program


  3. Electives (9 credits)
    Any additional course from above or any approved graduate-level course.

  4. Practicum or Study Abroad (3 credits)
    Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
    AMST 7700 Practicum (Internship or Applied Research Project) 3
    Any Approved Graduate-level Study Abroad Program 3

  5. Capstone Experience (6 credits)
    Course Num Course Title Credit Hours
    AMST 7900/01 Capstone 1 3
    AMST 7900/02 Capstone 2 3

Language Requirement

May be met by a proficiency test administered by the department of foreign languages, coursework to FL 2002 at the undergraduate level with a grade of C or better, graduate level coursework indicating language proficiency, or an equivalent (e.g. study abroad program with a language competency component) as approved by the M.A. Director.

Program Total (36 Credit Hours)





Program Resources


Program Advisement

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