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Bachelor Program


Comprehensive and Challenging – Entirely taught in English by internationally-renowned faculty, the Bachelor Program in American Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to studying American society from the perspectives of its hemispheric context, popular culture, history, literature, politics, economics, religion and race.

Flexible and Cross-Cultural – Students can customize the curriculum to fit their academic and personal interests by specializing in a relevant minor and experiencing the United States first-hand by studying abroad for a semester at one of our exchange partner universities.

Practical and Valuable - Students' subject-matter expertise in U.S. economic, political, and cultural affairs combined with their critical-thinking, independent research, and highly proficient English skills will set them apart in their future career.

Program Curriculum

1st Year

The first year introduces students to multiple aspects of recent and contemporary American society, including its cultural and political history, race and gender relations, and market economy. Students gain a high level of oral and written competency in English through the program's Rhetoric and Composition course which prepares them to effectively give presentations and write argumentative essays for the program's other English-taught courses. In addition, students can tailor-fit the curriculum to fit their interests through the Special Topics courses and by choosing a Minor in either Spanish, Film Studies, International Relations, Non-Western Studies, or Journalism Studies.

2nd year

During the second year, students continue their interdisciplinary coursework in early American history and culture as well as begin to explore the media landscape of the Americas through the study of Media Theory and Popular Culture. Students demonstrate their increased theoretical and practical knowledge by combining what they have learned from the first year with their own thoughts and research.

3rd year

The third and final year of the Bachelor program consists of advanced-level courses and a research seminar. More importantly, in the first semester of the third year, as availability permits, students have an opportunity to pursue a cross-cultural experience by studying abroad for a semester at one of our exchange partner universities in North or South America. Students who are unable to study abroad may take an additional minor or do an internship. The Bachelor in American Studies degree concludes with a Capstone project.

To view a listing and description of the Bachelor program courses, click here.

Student Testimonials

Sean Beech
Sean Beech

"Deciding to study American Studies at the University of Groningen was by far the best decision I have ever made. The American Studies program attracted me because of its interdisciplinary approach and the option to tailor-make your study early on in the course. Coming straight from an A-Level College in the UK to Groningen was a big change. The amount of reading and assignments increased, and there is a lot of emphasis placed on self-study, all of which has been a rewarding experience. One of the best aspects of the American Studies program is that you get lots of time with your professors, and you really get to know your peers." - Sean Beech

Verena Rendel
Verena Rendel

“The first time I heard of an American Studies program was by sheer coincidence, however, when I learned more about the program, I knew that this study was the perfect match. The American Studies program, here at the RUG, not only forces me to speak as much English as possible, but it is also a unique combination of history, politics, theory and culture. Moreover, the program offers an exchange program with America and gives me the opportunity to get to know the American culture. I am very proud that I have the opportunity to go to UNC-Chapel Hill; it is one of the rare chances in life that can make a difference!” - Verena Rendel

Freya Thiel
Freya Thiel

"The American Studies program at the University of Groningen especially appealed to me after having lived in the United States for a year. My favorite course in the first semester introduced me to theories that I can also apply to other cultures, not only the U.S. What I like in particular is that the program does not only cover the United States, but also deals with Latin America, Canada and the U.S. in an international context. There is a substantial amount of independent work, but in the American Studies department you are not only a number. The contact with instructors is very personal because of small seminar groups. Working independently and managing the workload myself also gives me the opportunity to do sports and other things at different times of the day. Groningen is a great city for Dutch and international students because you can follow your study program and develop your athletic and/or cultural interests simultaneously." - Freya Thiel

Learn More

For more information about the Bachelor of American Studies program, please visit the program website at

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