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How to Apply
Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in appropriate courses
- Two letters of recommendation
- A writing sample demonstrating analytic ability in fields relevant to American Studies
Deadlines & Cost
Deadlines: March 1 (priority deadline; applications received by this date will receive preference for admissions review and allocation of available funding) and June 1 (final deadline) for fall
Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.
Cost: For additional information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s Office or send an email to Bursar@umb.edu. Please refer to Graduate Student Financial Aid for more information on financial aid.
Core Courses (18 Credits)
- AMST 601 - Intro Amer Studies 3 Credit(s)
- AMST 602L - American Society and Political Culture: 1600-1865 3 Credit(s)
- AMST 603 - Modern Political, Social, and Cultural History 3 Credit(s)
- AMST 604 - Gender and Sexuality in US History and Culture 3 Credit(s)
- AMST 605 - Ethnicity, Race, and Nationality 3 Credit(s)
- AMST 606 - Studies in Popular Culture & Technology 3 Credit(s)
Electives (9 Credits)
Complete three graduate-level courses drawn from American studies, anthropology, English, women’s studies, Africana studies, politics, history, and public policy, with approval from the graduate program director.
Final Project Course (3 Credits)
- AMST 688 - Final Project 3-6 Credit(s)
Complete 30 credits from ten courses including six core courses, three electives, and one final project course.
Capstone: Completion of a final project based on original research. Students may choose to do a curriculum unit, which entails doing research culminating in the presentation of a relevant and useful pedagogical document for secondary school teachers.
Statute of limitations: Five years.
Graduate Program Director Aaron Lecklider
aaron.lecklider [at] umb.edu
Administrative Assistant Shauna Manning
shauna.manning [at] umb.edu
American Studies Department
UMass Boston's Department of American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts cultivates an understanding of US social, political, and cultural movements; the place of empire within US history; the role of race, gender, class, sexuality, and empire in US culture and society; and the history, theories, and methods used to examine these areas.Explore the Department of American Studies
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