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American Studies

Programma

  • 1e jaar

    First year courses build a strong foundation in American culture and history, explore the relationship between the U.S. and the world, and prepare you to tackle college writing. In Americas I and II, you'll learn how the U.S. became a global superpower, and about the origins of the modern Democratic and Republican parties. Theories of Culture I explores how the social movements of the 1960s transformed American society and changed the way the world thinks about race, class, and gender.

    In North and South Americans, you'll read classic Latin American and Canadian literature and go in-depth on pressing issues like immigration, trade policy, and the War on Drugs. And you'll have the chance to choose from among a slate of exciting elective courses such as “The United States of T.V.” and “Canada's Cultural Mosaic.” You will gain a high level of oral and written competency in English through the program's Rhetoric and Composition course which will prepare you to effectively give presentations and write argumentative essays for the program's other English-taught courses. In addition, you can tailor-fit the curriculum to fit your interests through the Special Topics courses that are part of the degree.

    First year courses build a strong foundation in American culture and history, explore the relationship between the U.S. and the world, and prepare you to tackle college writing. In Americas I and II, you'll learn how the U.S. became a global superpower, and about the origins of the modern Democratic and Republican parties. Theories of Culture I explores how the social movements of the 1960s transformed American society and changed the way the world thinks about race, class, and gender.

    In North and South Americans, you'll read classic Latin American and Canadian literature and go in-depth on pressing issues like immigration, trade policy, and the War on Drugs. And you'll have the chance to choose from among a slate of exciting elective courses such as “The United States of T.V.” and “Canada's Cultural Mosaic.” You will gain a high level of oral and written competency in English through the program's Rhetoric and Composition course which will prepare you to effectively give presentations and write argumentative essays for the program's other English-taught courses. In addition, you can tailor-fit the curriculum to fit your interests through the Special Topics courses that are part of the degree.

  • 2e jaar

    In the second year, you'll deepen your knowledge of culture and politics, reading classic works of theory that will help you think about problems in new ways. In Americas III, you'll learn about the roots of contemporary concerns in the encounters and conflicts of the early modern period. In Political Cultures, you'll learn about the challenges of democratic governance and the way media and technology shape political participation.

    Second-year students also have more freedom to choose among exciting elective courses on topics like media and popular culture, geopolitics, or religion and everyday life. Assignments in these courses go beyond the academic essay: whether you're recording a TED Talk, writing an editorial, designing an exhibit, or helping to develop an app, you'll use your skills in analysis, research, and writing in new ways.

    In the second year, you'll deepen your knowledge of culture and politics, reading classic works of theory that will help you think about problems in new ways. In Americas III, you'll learn about the roots of contemporary concerns in the encounters and conflicts of the early modern period. In Political Cultures, you'll learn about the challenges of democratic governance and the way media and technology shape political participation.

    Second-year students also have more freedom to choose among exciting elective courses on topics like media and popular culture, geopolitics, or religion and everyday life. Assignments in these courses go beyond the academic essay: whether you're recording a TED Talk, writing an editorial, designing an exhibit, or helping to develop an app, you'll use your skills in analysis, research, and writing in new ways.

  • 3e jaar

    The third year consolidates your learning and prepares you for life beyond, whether in the workforce or a Master's program. In the fall, you can study abroad, take on an internship, or take courses in another department by pursuing a Minor.

    Your spring courses address evolving global challenges, in which the Americas play a central role: why do people migrate? what does it feel like to live between two cultures? how did “consumer” become so central to modern identity? how are globalization, technology, and climate change transforming capitalism? Finally, you'll crown your studies with an intensive research project. Choose the topic of your thesis, and work with peers and professors to write something you can be proud of!

    The third year consolidates your learning and prepares you for life beyond, whether in the workforce or a Master's program. In the fall, you can study abroad, take on an internship, or take courses in another department by pursuing a Minor.

    Your spring courses address evolving global challenges, in which the Americas play a central role: why do people migrate? what does it feel like to live between two cultures? how did “consumer” become so central to modern identity? how are globalization, technology, and climate change transforming capitalism? Finally, you'll crown your studies with an intensive research project. Choose the topic of your thesis, and work with peers and professors to write something you can be proud of!

Programma-opties

  • Minor (minor)

    The fifth semester of your studies is dedicated to your Minor: a coherent set of future-oriented course units. It prepares you for a follow-on Master's degree program or for entering the labour market. You can opt for a Career Minor, a Minor abroad, an At work in the Netherlands Minor, a University Minor or a Faculty Minor. Use the link above to find out more about the content of these Minors.

  • University of Groningen Honours College (honoursprogramma)

    The Honours College will give talented, motivated students the chance to be challenged even more by following Honours programmes and taking part in numerous other activities.

    The Honours College comprises a broadening part and a deepening part and has a study load of 45 ECTS credit points besides the 180 ECTS credit points from your regular Bachelor programme.

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Rhetoric and Composition Iab (10 EC)
The Americas Iab: The American Century and Beyond (10 EC)
Theories of Culture Iab: Race, Class and Gender (10 EC)
Special Topics Ia (5 EC)
North & South Americans (10 EC)
The Americas IIab: New Frontiers (10 EC)
Special Topics Ib (5 EC)
VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Rhetoric and Composition IIab (10 EC)
The Americas IIIab: From Exploration to Early Republic (10 EC)
Theories of Culture IIab: Media and Popular Culture (10 EC)
Special Topics II (10 EC)
Political Culture (10 EC)
Global USA: Business, Work, and Wealth (10 EC, facultatief)
Media Specialization (10 EC, facultatief)
VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Minor (30 EC)
Mobility, Migration, Transculturation (10 EC)
BA Thesis (10 EC)
Theories of Culture IIIab: Consumer Nation (10 EC)

To view a listing of the Bachelor program course descriptions, please visit https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=1

N.B. Second and third year courses might change during academic year 2016-2017. Please check our website regularly for updates.

To view a listing of the Bachelor program course descriptions, please visit https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=1

N.B. Second and third year courses might change during the academic year. Please check our website regularly for updates.

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief
  • Voor gemiddeld 16 weken

Studying abroad in the United States during the first semester of your third and final year is an asset to the American Studies experience at The University of Groningen. Selected students can enroll in a variety of courses of your choosing at one of our first-rated exchange partner institutions in the U.S. This is your opportunity to experience first-hand everything you have studied in the classroom, a truly enriching opportunity for students, both academically and personally!

For more information regarding exchange locations, please visit the Department of American Studies website at http://www.rug.nl/let/organization/bestuur-afdelingen-en-medewerkers/afdelingen/afdeling-american-studies/international-exchange

Study abroad: a minimum of 30 ECTS.

Studying abroad in the United States during the first semester of your third and final year is an asset to the American Studies experience at The University of Groningen. Selected students can enroll in a variety of courses of your choosing at one of our first-rated exchange partner institutions in the U.S.

This is your opportunity to experience first-hand everything you have studied in the classroom, a truly enriching opportunity for students, both academically and personally!

For more information regarding exchange locations, please visit the Department of American Studies website at http://www.rug.nl/let/organization/bestuur-afdelingen-en-medewerkers/afdelingen/afdeling-american-studies/international-exchange

(Bindend) studieadvies

  • Minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden (bindend)

You will be offered study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system. N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Waarom in Groningen?
  • Think Independently: American Studies at RUG is the only program of its kind in the Netherlands. Because we're a freestanding program (not part of the History or English Departments), every course is designed to look at America from multiple angles. Faculty experts in fields like political history, literature and media, religious studies, and Latin American culture will help you to form your own views on America and the world.
  • Connect at University of Groningen: In our small seminars and close-knit intellectual community, you can learn and challenge yourself with the help of classmates, faculty, and our knowledgeable Study Advisor.
  • Connect Abroad: With our network of partner institutions, you can spend a semester working on your BA and experiencing American culture and politics first-hand in a U.S. city like Orlando or Charleston, or at a leading university in Canada or Mexico.
  • Think Independently: American Studies at RUG is the only program of its kind in the Netherlands. Because we're a freestanding program (not part of the History or English Departments), every course is designed to look at America from multiple angles. Faculty experts in fields like political history, literature and media, religious studies, and Latin American culture will help you to form your own views on America and the world.
  • Connect at University of Groningen: In our small seminars and close-knit intellectual community, you can learn and challenge yourself with the help of classmates, faculty, and our knowledgeable Study Advisor.
  • Connect Abroad: With our network of partner institutions, you can spend a semester working on your BA and experiencing American culture and politics first-hand in a U.S. city like Orlando or Charleston, or at a leading university in Canada or Mexico.

If you have any questions about your studies, you may contact the American Studies academic advisor who can assist you with academic planning, university services, and other relevant matters. Students can schedule an appointment via the Office of Student Affairs or stop by during the advisor's weekly consultation hours to discuss a variety of academic issues.

If you have any questions about your studies, you may contact the American Studies academic advisor who can assist you with academic planning, university services, and other relevant matters. Students can schedule an appointment via the Office of Student Affairs or stop by during the advisor's weekly consultation hours to discuss a variety of academic issues.

  • Testimonial van

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

  • 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 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
  • Testimonial van Student Ambassador Megan Maartens

    What I really enjoy is that we are well taught in academic writing, which, in combination with the other knowledge I acquire during this study, will greatly improve my perspective on the world.

    About Megan

    My name is Megan Maartens and I am a second-year bachelor American Studies student. Before I started American Studies, I took a gap year during which I worked as student-assistant at the Amsterdam University of Applied sciences, took the pre-course for the school of music in Amsterdam, and traveled through New Zealand for three months. After half a year I was eager to study again, so I decided to move to Groningen and study American Studies. Even though I decided not to go to the school of music, singing and writing songs is still my passion.

    Why American Studies

    The United States have always been a part of my life because a large part of my family lives there. The first time I went to the U.S., I was impressed by how different its culture was from the Netherlands. As I grew older and went there more regularly, I started noticing the cultural differences. My social media was flooded with news about cultural events but also social issues. I had no idea how to process this information until I found American Studies. The study teaches me how current social problems came to be, but also how that particular U.S. culture has emerged in the first place. One other aspect I really enjoy is that we are well taught in academic writing, which, in combination with the other knowledge I acquire during this study, will greatly improve my perspective on the world.

    Read more about Megan Maartens and why she chose to study American Studies in Groningen!

    Questions? Send Megan an e-mail!

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    – Student Ambassador Megan Maartens
  • Testimonial van

    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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  • 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
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