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American Studies

Minor

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
    Period 1
    Period 2
    12
  • The Craft of American Studies
    Period 3
    6
  • Usable Pasts
    Period 4
    6
  • Metropolitan America
    Period 5
    6
Minor American Studies

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. 

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 registration period for a minor in the academic year 2024-2025 will start on Tuesday 14 May at 8:00 and end on Monday 17 June at 13:00.

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