Interdisciplinary Studies Department

Programs / American Studies: M.A. in American Studies

The Master of Arts in American Studies

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.

General Requirements for Admission to the MAST Program

To be considered for admission to the MAST program, the following application materials must be gathered by submitted to the KSU Graduate Admission Office:

  • Letter of Application: The letter of application should be in the form of a narrative which describes your educational and/or professional background, your future goals, and how admission into the American Studies M.A. program at Kennesaw State University will help you accomplish these goals. The letter should be specific to the program and should be 3-5 double-spaced pages in length.
  • Writing Sample: The writing sample should demonstrate the writing skills you have developed as a student and/or professional. The sample should be relevant to the field of American Studies broadly defined, and it should be refined and revised to fit within 5-7 double-spaced pages.
  • GRE Scores: The GRE requirement will be waived for those students holding a graduate degree in the humanities or social sciences from an accredited college or university.
  • GPA: The program minimum is 2.75 for all undergraduate courses from the degree-granting institution, but we expect the class will average above 3.0.
  • C.V./Résumé (Optional).
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation (Optional).

Grades

Expectations for satisfactory graduate level student performance are detailed in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Petition to Graduate

Master of Arts in American Studies candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of degree requirements.

Program of Study

The Master of Arts in American Studies Program consists of 36 credit hours and fulfillment of a foreign language requirement, as follows:

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 6 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • AMST 7000
    American Studies Scholarship
    3
  • AMST 7100
    American Studies Methods
    3

Core Curriculum - 12 Hours Credits

At least one course must be taken from each of the following:

Historical Studies

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • AMST 7200
    American Social Movements
    3
  • AMST 7210
    Historical Period
    3
  • AMST 7230
    Public History and Culture
    3
  • AMST 7240
    Enterprise & Labor in American Culture
    3

Place and Identity Studies

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • AMST 7300
    American Cities, Suburbs, and Countryside
    3
  • AMST 7310
    Regional Studies
    3
  • AMST 7330
    Identities and Social Groups
    3

Cultural Production

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • AMST 7410
    Literature and Performance in American Culture
    3
  • AMST 7420
    American Popular Culture
    3
  • AMST 7450
    American Visual Culture
    3
  • AMST 7460
    Movements in American Culture
    3

Transnational American Studies

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • AMST 7510
    Passages to America
    3
  • AMST 7520
    America in Transnational Context
    3
  • Any approved Graduate-level Study Abroad program

Electives - 9 Credit Hours

Any approved graduate-level courses can be taken as electives.

Practicum or Study Abroad - 3 Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • AMST 7700
    Practicum (Internship or Applied Research Project)
    3
  • Or Any approved Graduate-level Study Abroad program

Capstone (Thesis or Project) - 6 hours

Final project can be applied, creative, or a traditional thesis but must include a literature review or knowledge base element.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • AMST 7900
    Capstone Experience
    6

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 equivalent (e.g., study abroad program with a language competency component) as approved by the program director.


Program Total (36 Credit Hours)

Transnational Concentration

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.