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Minor

American Studies

The United States remains a superpower that has a global influence. American politics, social movements, and culture has an impact on most societies and individuals, ranging from diplomacy, to Black Lives Matter protests, to movies, streaming services, and music. American Studies is a minor that will introduce you to the history, culture, and politics of the United States.

“America” looms large: as dream or nightmare, as land of the future or land of imperial decline. American Studies equips students from many disciplines with the tools of critical understanding. Grounded in history, it attracts students from around the humanities as well as from the social sciences and hard sciences.

Throughout the minor, students will encounter rich primary sources, from political history to the realms of literature, photography, film, music, and art. And they will be thrown into the deep end of good, advanced scholarship from different fields. There is no single way of doing American Studies; students learn to think, to research, and to write in an Americanist mode, but also to make that mode their own.

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • American History: Beginning to End
    1—2
    12
  • The Craft of American Studies
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    6
  • Usable Pasts
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    6
  • Metropolitan America
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    6

Master's in American Studies

This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to a Master's in American Studies. Always check the entry requirements on the Application and Admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. This entails that you must have obtained at least 48 ECTS in your propaedeutic year. 

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 

Application

The enrolment for the academic year of 2022-2023 will start in the course of 2022.

Facts & Figures
Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September