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American Studies

From #NeverAgain to Neverland Ranch, from The War of the Worlds to the War on Terror, from “Clean Coal” to Clean Eating—movements, policies, and products “made in America” shape the modern world.

In American Studies, you’ll learn in depth about the popular culture, politics, history, literature, economics, race relations, and religions of the United States. And you’ll study the connections between the Americas and the wider world. American Studies is not only “American”—its international scope and inter-American perspective prepare you to lead in the global future.

Why study American Studies at RUG?

♦ Relevant – approach current events, culture, and debates with critical insight and historical perspective

♦ Global - hone your English language skills in courses with internationally- renowned faculty; study abroad at partner universities in the US, Latin America, or Canada

♦ Flexible - specialize your studies to fit your interests—be they media, politics, history, or international relations

♦ Applicable - build your portfolio of professional skills—including English, writing, critical thinking, and research—to set yourself apart in your future career

What can you do with a degree in American Studies?

The breadth and diversity of our program equip you for a wide range of careers and further opportunities for study. Graduates find employment in fields such as politics and government, media and journalism, business, education, and the creative and cultural industries. After their study is complete, many students enroll directly in the MA program in American Studies. The BA program is also excellent preparation for various other master’s programs in the humanities and social sciences.

From #NeverAgain to Neverland Ranch, from The War of the Worlds to the War on Terror, from “Clean Coal” to Clean Eating—movements, policies, and products “made in America” shape the modern world.

In American Studies, you’ll learn in depth about the popular culture, politics, history, literature, economics, race relations, and religions of the United States. And you’ll study the connections between the Americas and the wider world. American Studies is not only “American”—its international scope and inter-American perspective prepare you to lead in the global future.

Why study American Studies at RUG?

♦ Relevant – approach current events, culture, and debates with critical insight and historical perspective

♦ Global - hone your English language skills in courses with internationally- renowned faculty; study abroad at partner universities in the US, Latin America, or Canada

♦ Flexible - specialize your studies to fit your interests—be they media, politics, history, or international relations

♦ Applicable - build your portfolio of professional skills—including English, writing, critical thinking, and research—to set yourself apart in your future career

What can you do with a degree in American Studies?

The breadth and diversity of our program equip you for a wide range of careers and further opportunities for study. Graduates find employment in fields such as politics and government, media and journalism, business, education, and the creative and cultural industries. After their study is complete, many students enroll directly in the MA program in American Studies. The BA program is also excellent preparation for various other master’s programs in the humanities and social sciences.

Do you like history, reading fiction, watching movies, critical discussions about American politics and society in general? Are you ready to confront some of the common prejudices towards the United States? Do you want to engage with ideas from a range of academic disciplines? And do you want to obtain excellent communication skills? Are you ready to open your mind and let in the global issues that really matter? Then American Studies is just the thing for you!

Do you like history, reading fiction, watching movies, critical discussions about American politics and society in general? Are you ready to confront some of the common prejudices towards the United States? Do you want to engage with ideas from a range of academic disciplines? And do you want to obtain excellent communication skills? Are you ready to open your mind and let in the global issues that really matter? Then American Studies is just the thing for you!

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  • Testimonial van

    I fell in love with the U.S. and its (political) culture

  • Testimonial van Constantijn van den Hoorn

    I have a passion for everything to do with America

    My name is Constantijn van den Hoorn, and I’m a second-year Bachelor’s student of American Studies. After completing senior general secondary education, I decided I wanted to get my propaedeutic certificate as quickly as possible at a university of applied sciences, in order to then transfer to a university to study my dream programme: American Studies. My biggest hobby is writing, so I write for The American Studies Herald , published by the E Pluribus Unum study association. I have a passion for everything to do with America, from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Hillary Rodham Clinton. I follow American politics and watch C-SPAN in my spare time.

    Why American Studies

    American Studies matches my interests precisely. For years I’ve been fascinated by American history, the country’s politics circus and its wider culture. The best TV series and films come from America, and it's always fascinating to see the influence the United States has on the rest of the world. I grasp every opportunity I get to travel to America, and my love for the country even resulted in my living in Hollywood for a couple of months at one point. American Studies gives you the opportunity to study the entire American continent and to examine events critically, as well as teaching you to construct sound arguments.

    Read more about Constantijn and why he chose to study American Studies in Groningen.

    Questions? Send Constantijn an email.

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    – Constantijn van den Hoorn
  • Testimonial van Daniel John O'Neill

    You do not pay for your degree; you are expected to earn it.

    The choice to study in Groningen was not easy, but it was a decision that has changed my life and moulded me into an ambitious, active, and adaptable student. I wanted to experience something very different to what many of my peers would experience. I have developed into a more independent student and grown very mature at a young age through my time in Groningen.

    Academic and personal supports for international students at the University of Groningen have only developed and improved since I first arrived in 2012. From the International Student Office to monthly faculty borrels (a term you will become familiar with and happy to hear after hard day’s work) to the endlessly friendly and approachable staff members, your exciting new educational journey will be made more manageable and enjoyable throughout your time as a student.

    However, you are still expected to be independent and innovative. By paying considerably less tuition fees than the average university student in the United Kingdom, you will sometimes feel the pressures to give more of yourself in your studies, and you will soon realise why the University of Groningen remains one of the top universities in the world: do not let the relatively low grade admission requirements fool you. The dropout or failure rate in my course, for instance, is high. You do not pay for your degree; you are expected to earn it. In the long-term, however, this is hugely beneficial, and something that employers will greatly appreciate.

    Read more about Daniel and his student life in Groningen.

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    – Daniel John O'Neill
  • Testimonial van Meike Robaard

    The program has changed my perspective on the world around me

    What brought me to Groningen was both its atmosphere, which immediately made me feel at home, and the interdisciplinary program that American Studies offers. The program allows me to combine many of my interests, such as art, sociology, history and cultural theory. The courses challenge me to ask questions, be critical, and to think creatively. Through discussions with fellow students and instructors, lectures and readings, American Studies in many ways has changed my perspective on the world around me. Additionally to American Studies, I got the opportunity to start the Honours Program in Philosophy, which I think will be a great addition. Studying American Studies has both deepened my understanding of phenomena, as well as broadened my horizon.

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    – Meike Robaard
  • Testimonial van David Romkes

    A variety of new ideas and theories

    ‘American Studies is being given a set of tools and finding out which one you can work with best. Because of its diverse and interdisciplinary program, American Studies presents its students a range of topics that require different methods to approach. By going through all the courses and exploring the different subjects, you will find what approach works best for you and what area of study you want to focus on. American Studies will challenge your beliefs and open up your world to a variety of new ideas and theories that allow you to take part in ongoing academic discussion and create your own academic voice. You will find your tool and carve your own path.’

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    – David Romkes
  • Testimonial van Sean Beech

    Vital skills and competences

    After my graduation I decided to move back home to the UK and seek employment. Within a month of returning I was employed with the local government in Manchester as part of a large team responsible for managing west Manchester’s social housing stock. In my role I manage a team of 8 customer facing staff who offer advice and support on effectively managing their tenancies and providing advice on housing options. The transferrable skills and generic competences I acquired during my studies have proven to be vital in making my career a success. For instance, writing effective reports, analyzing data, and considering different perspectives have been a crucial part of my role. In the future I hope to complete a Master’s program at the University of Manchester and further develop my career in Britain’s social housing sector.

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    – Sean Beech
  • Testimonial van Daniëlle Feiken

    Plenty of ways to explore your interests

    One of my favorite aspects of American Studies is the flexibility of the program. You can adapt the studies to your interests by choosing research subjects and elective courses. Whether you want to write about Beyoncé’s Black Panthers homage at the Super Bowl for the “Art of Protest” course, or finish your elective course on the Constitution with a case study on Guantanamo Bay, it’s all possible! Additionally, American Studies offers a great exchange program, which allows me to study at the University of Central Florida next year.

    There are also plenty of ways outside of the studies to explore your interests. For example, I am the chairwoman of the Academic Committee of our study association EPU. Together with three other students, I organize lectures, conferences, and career events. I also get to explore my interest in public speaking by giving presentations about my studies at high schools and Open Days of the university. These are all great ways to strengthen your skills, expand your social life, and make your student experience an unforgettable one!

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    – Daniëlle Feiken
Feiten & Cijfers
Titel/Graad
BA in American Studies
Croho code
50623
Type opleiding
Bachelor
Voertaal
Engels (100%)
Duur
36 maanden (180 ECTS)
Start
SeptemberSeptember
Vorm
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Faculteit
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