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KSU’s master of arts program in American Studies (MAST) offers an interdisciplinary study of American cultures as they exist locally, regionally, nationally, and transnationally. As the sole American Studies graduate curriculum in the University System of Georgia, KSU’s course of study introduces students to the most important and innovative scholarship dealing with the United States and the Americas and their role in the world. Students will 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. Students also have the opportunity to pursue humanities and social science based thesis projects as preparation for further graduate training. The MA program in American Studies provides an infield upgrade for certified high school History and English teachers as well as middle-grades social studies and language arts teachers in the state of Georgia.
To be considered for admission to the MAST program, the following application materials must be gathered by submitted to the KSU Graduate Admission Office:
Expectations for satisfactory graduate level student performance are detailed in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.
Master of Arts in American Studies candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of degree requirements.
The Master of Arts in American Studies Program consists of 36 credit hours and fulfillment of a foreign language requirement, as follows:
At least one course must be taken from each of the following:
Any approved graduate-level courses can be taken as electives.
Final project can be applied, creative, or a traditional thesis but must include a literature review or knowledge base element.
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 equivalent (e.g., study abroad program with a language competency component) as approved by the program director.
The Transnational Concentration is an elective concentration for interested students; students are not required to pursue a specialization in Transnational American Studies.
This concentration consists of 9 elective credit hours in courses with a transnational emphasis, an advanced foreign language requirement, and a study abroad requirement as follows:
9 Elective Credit Hours: Students shall complete 9 credit hours of graduate-level study in courses beyond the transnational cluster requirement that meet the Transnational course objectives: AMST 7510, AMST 7520, graduate level study abroad, 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 will pass a 3000-level proficiency test 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 language proficiency. Native speakers of languages other than English may apply to the program director for a waiver of this requirement.
Study Abroad Requirement: Each student in the Transnational Concentration shall participate in and receive a grade of “B” or better in an 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.