Interdisciplinary in Approach. Dynamic in Teaching. Relevant in Practice. American Studies at The University of Groningen.
Comprehensive and Challenging - Entirely taught in English by internationally-renowned faculty, the one-year Master's track offers engaging research seminars examining a wide range of theoretical, historical, social-political, and cultural approaches to the Americas.
Research-Focused and Flexible - Based on your interests, you can develop your own specific profile by tailoring your research topics to your individual preferences. Your program will culminate in a Master's Dissertation exploring a relevant American Studies topic of your choice.
Practical and Cross-Cultural - You can enhance your academic experience by studying abroad or interning in North or South America. Upon graduation, your subject-matter expertise combined with your research and proficient English skills will set you apart in your future career.
I did an internship at the Embassy in Washington, D.C. right in the political heart of the US
Since last year, I have taken multiple classes that are engaging, motivating, critical and very informative. The groups are small, about twelve to fifteen people, and the professors are very much engaged with every single student and their projects. The classes are all seminars that are based on engaging group discussions. Usually students take three classes with a 3-hour seminar each week, which means that the remainder of the time is spent studying by yourself.
The programme also offers students an opportunity to study abroad or do an internship, of which I have made use to intern at the Embassy in Washington, D.C. right in the political heart of the US. Friends of mine have been sent for internships to the Embassy in Ottawa, to the Consulate in New York, and to a law firm in San Francisco. So yes, you can find a job with this master’s.
Liaison Officer Europe at VH Strategies
During my Master's degree programme in American Studies I gained a lot of knowledge about the United States. I also improved my research, writing and spoken English skills. This is of great benefit in my current work for an American political consultant. I deal with transatlantic issues and developments in American politics on a daily basis.
What attracted me to the Master’s programme in American
Studies was that you learn how to critically analyse culture,
history and politics. Following this programme also gave me the
opportunity to deepen my knowledge of two areas that interest me:
the history of the American Revolution and American political
The Lantos Congressional Fellowship was a major highlight for me. In my six months as Lantos Fellow I worked for Congresswoman Napolitano in the House of Representatives. It was a fantastic experience to be able to walk round right at the heart of American democracy.
I also did an exchange at Central Michigan University. This too was one of the best experiences of my studies. Although I really enjoy my current work in American politics, in the future I would like to study for a second Master’s degree at a top university in the United States.
The Americas have always peeked my curiosity with its similarities and stark differences to European cultures.
My name is Taran Draper, and I am a recent graduate of the Bachelor of American Studies and 1st year student of the Master North American Studies. After having lived abroad for my entire life, yet being Dutch and having family throughout the Netherlands, I decided to come study at the University of Groningen and pursue a degree in American Studies. I enjoy reading, writing, watching all the latest TV shows and most of all following American politics.
American Studies matches my interests precisely because for me the U.S. and its wide variety of inhabitants are the source of many into questions from an outsiders perspective. The Americas have always peeked my curiosity with its similarities and stark differences to European cultures. The U.S. is also the source of many cultural aspects of our everyday lives and the study of how this culture has evolved helps us understand elements of modern day life. The Masters program gives you the opportunity not only to learn more about this fascinating culture but also to develop your skills in academic writing and critical thinking.