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The United States looms large in contemporary life and media. A deeper understanding of America’s hidden histories is a strong currency in a global age. This is what American Studies offers: insight into the world we live in, and the world that will confront you in your future pursuits.

An academic career

Our students are also qualified to move on to a PhD and an academic career. Graduates of our MA programme have gone on to write their PhD dissertations at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Leiden, Brandeis University, the University of Illinois, Boston University, and the University of Virginia, among others.

Where do our graduates work?

Graduates of American Studies have learned to conduct research with archival and cultural sources, and to write with eloquence and force in English. They have also learned to relate academic knowledge to the contemporary world. Our students are equipped to work in a range of professional fields. Previous graduates now work in journalism, politics, high school teaching, diplomacy, the civil service, management consulting, publishing, law, media, and even standup comedy. New graduates enter a robust and growing network of American Studies alumni.

Your diploma is not a farewell

After graduating, you don't have to say goodbye to the University of Amsterdam! We are happy to help you develop your career. You can join the young alumni programme, which will assist you in mapping out your career. And as an alumnus, you can also still use the Student Careers Centre.