Without a doubt, the American Culture Studies program has provided me with valuable insight into American history from ancient to contemporary times. This challenging and rewarding program has also provided me with a variety of skills and knowledge for any career path that I may choose.
MA, American Culture Studies
The Master of Arts in American Culture Studies addresses the intellectual and moral questions of American identity and belonging that no single disciplinary perspective can comprehensively and satisfyingly resolve. What does it mean to live and work in an American culture devoted to individual success and autonomy and at the same time be a citizen of a nation devoted to collective needs and well-being?
Who Should Apply?
The American Culture Studies program attracts students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, including humanities and social science fields as well as education, public history, nonprofit management, business, and journalism.
Applicants returning to formal academic study after a number of years’ absence must have an appropriate undergraduate background, and strong writing and analytical skills.
The Master of Arts in American Culture Studies provides the training, both in specific disciplines and in cross-disciplinary conversations, to help you answer important questions about American society. It also introduces some of the social, political, and cultural issues that have shaped American culture and identity. Most fundamentally, it provides a critical skill set that fosters analysis of an array of cultural objects — a place, an event, a work of art, a political institution — from a rich and diverse foundation of knowledge and perspectives.
Your studies culminate in a self-directed project that allows you both to explore an area of personal interest and participate in a multidisciplinary scholarly community. Part of the excitement of this kind of learning is the opportunity to engage in creative or rigorous exchange with the faculty in the humanities and social sciences at WUSTL, and with leading practitioners in the St. Louis professional and policy world.
Studies may span American literature, history, politics, religion, philosophy, art, music, and film. Recent AMCS courses include:
- Literature of Nature and Democracy
- Heaven and Earth Magic: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music
- Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States
- Art and St. Louis History
- Oil Wars: America and the Cultural Politics of Global Energy
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|Program Coordinator: Michael Allen, (314) 935-6086|
Academic Advisor and Coordinator of Student Services: Elisa Wang, (314) 935-6793
Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder, (314) 935-6759
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