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American Studies

Program Description

The American Studies graduate program is an interdisciplinary program offering a PhD, two masters tracks (General and Public Humanities), and an undergraduate minor. Our award-winning faculty, drawn from departments across the humanities and social sciences, are actively engaged in research, writing, and community-based public projects. For graduate students, American Studies offers rigorous training that can prepare students for academic or alt-ac positions or jobs in public history, public humanities or with cultural or community institutions.

Interdisciplinary Areas of Focus

Race, Ethnicity, & Modern Society – Urban Cultures – Cultural History and Artistic Production – The United States Within a Global Context – The Operations of Social Institutions – Women’s and Gender Studies


Kyle Riismandel, Ph.D. Graduate Program Director

175 University Ave
Conklin Hall, Room 220A 

Phone: 973-353-1886
Fax: 973-353-1055


Website: American Studies

General Information

Degree Offered: M.A., Ph.D.
Part Time Study Available: Yes.

Degree Credit Requirements

M.A.: 30 credits
Ph.D.: 60 credits

Career Opportunities 

  • Consultant

  • K-12 Education

  • Press / Media Professional

  • Researcher

  • Higher Education / Academia

  • Paralegal

  • Public Relations

  • Investment banking analyst

  • Advertising / Marketing / Communications

  • Publishing

  • Journalism

  • Curators

  • Arts and Museum Administrators

  • Special Librarians

  • Freelance Writing

Application Requirements and Deadlines

All transcripts – GRE [within up to 5 years] – TOEFL – 3 Letters of Recommendation – Personal Statement (1,500 words of personal goals describing how they might be advanced by study in American Studies) – Personal Bio – 6,000 word writing sample.



Applications accepted on a rolling basis until July 1st

GRE not required for M.A.



January 16th

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