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MA in American studies

What does it mean to be an American? Is there a shared American culture, or is that just something Europeans imagine?

Because of the global reach of the United States, most Europeans have the impression that they "know" America, which is often perceived as a single culture, with little recognition of the complexity and variety that are characteristic of the nation.

American Studies is a two year MA program that focuses on the world's leading superpower. It looks at culture, politics, economics, literature, and society in a country of more than 300 million inhabitants in fifty distinct states.

 


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During the two-year American Studies program you may, among other things, take courses in societal studies and history, immigration and economics, media studies, music, literature, and film.

You will have between 8 and 12 hours of teaching per week, in the form of both lectures and discussions. There will also be some presentations from you and other students, as well as occasional group work.

Your teaching will be about US society, history, economics and immigration, as well as analysis of the American media, literature and film.

During the first semester you will receive an introduction to American history, culture and society, as well as a seminar on theory and method.

Freedom to choose

During the second and third semesters, you will be able to choose elective courses that deal with a range of topics that reflect the faculty's research interests. The majority of these courses are in participating departments, including history, political science, English, media studies, relgion, journalism and marketing. During the third semester you also have the option of studying abroad at a European or an American university.

Graduates who have completed this master programme are entitled to use the title of MA (master og arts) in American studies.


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Employment possibilities

American Studies MA graduates have found careers in both the public and private sectors, including the following:

  • Foreign embassies
  • Government ministries
  • Television News consultant
  • Translation
  • Consultants in private corporations, including banks
  • Information officers of public organizations and private companies
  • Gymnasium teaching
  • Health administration
  • Research (first as PhD students, eventually as university faculty)
  • Consultant in a private firm, for example in marketing
  • International organizations, and NGOs
  • Public relations, advertising, and branding management

Our graduates have such a variety of job possibilities because they have different BA degrees and because they are able to develop particular areas of expertise through their selection of elective courses, internships, terms abroad, and the topic of their MA thesis.


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Access to the MA in American Studies will be granted those who hold a bachelor degree in English, History, Journalism, MA in Business, Language and Culture (Negot), Business Language and Media (provided the language is English), Business language and IT (provided the language is English), Business Language in two languages (provided one of the languages is English) or a bachelor in Political Science.

Students with other bachelor degrees deemed of relevance by the Study Board will likewise be granted access to the MA in American Studies.

The following criteria must be met:

A. History and social studies

The following areas must be covered: Anthropology, Social Studies (including Comparative Social Studies), Historical Analysis, International Politics and International Economy, Political Science and Political Structures.

B. Culture

The following areas must be covered: Cultural History, Intercultural Relations, Cultural Analysis and Media.

As a minimum applicants must have covered 60 ECTS within the areas described in A and B and at least 10 ECTS in each part. Having included topics from the areas A and B in the BA project also counts towards fulfillment of the ECTS requirement.

If the Study Board deems it necessary, i.e. you do not completely fulfill the entry requirements, you may be asked to take supplementary courses prior to enrollment.

Applicants must provide documentation of proficiency in English. For further information please consult our language requirements.

Non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition.
Number of places: 35
Duration: two years (study start September)


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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Odense

Field of study

Humanities, Literature & Linguistics

Degree

Master of Arts

Language

English

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: no tuition fees

Tuition fees Non EU: no information

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Odense

Field of study

Humanities, Literature & Linguistics

Degree

Master of Arts

Language

English

Start

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: no tuition fees

Tuition fees Non EU: no information

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