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Irma Rodenhuis

Master Ambassador American Studies
Irma Rodenhuis

About Irma Rodenhuis

Hi! My name is Irma Rodenhuis, and I am getting a Master’s degree in American Studies at the University of Groningen.

Why American Studies?

I have always been very interested in the United States, so after high school, getting a BA degree in American Studies was a logical step for me. What makes the United States so interesting to me is how different its values and ideas are to the Dutch, but at the same time how many similarities there are between the two. After finishing my BA degree, I started a different master’s program at another faculty, but I soon realized that I was still mostly interested in the United States, and so I also enrolled for the Master’s degree in American Studies. I do not regret this decision one bit.

Why Groningen?

I chose to study in Groningen because it is one of two universities that offers a BA in American Studies, and I already really liked the city, so that was an easy decision. After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I still loved living in Groningen, and so I chose to get a Master’s degree here. The MA North American Studies consistently ranks as a top-rated Master’s program too, which indicates a high quality of research and teaching.

The classes that are offered are engaging, diverse, and informative and offer historical, theoretical and political approaches to studying the Americas. The groups are small, about ten to twelve people, and are based on group discussions. Usually, each class has a weekly three-hour seminar, so the remainder of the week you spend studying by yourself, which requires a lot of self-discipline. Because the program offers such diverse courses, there is a lot of room to pursue your own interests. For example, right now I am researching the intersection of sports, politics, and gender, but I have also learned about the US and Latin America, or what role protest literature played in the formation of the US democracy.


The program also offers the opportunity to study abroad or to do an internship; I chose to do the latter, and I interned at the American Studies department at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Others who have done this program have done internships at the Dutch Embassy in Washington D.C., the Consulate in New York City, or they worked at a law firm in San Francisco. The program offers diverse classes on different topics.

Golden tip

I highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking for excellent education on relevant and current issues relating to the US. Please do not hesitate to send me any questions you might have concerning this program or student life in Groningen.

Last modified:04 March 2020 10.00 a.m.