Degree Requirements

M.A. Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in American Studies requires 30 credit hours, including courses and the completion of a research article or thesis.

    1. Core Courses (12 hours)

    • AMS 801 Introduction to American Studies (offered every fall)
    • AMS 802 Theorizing America (offered every fall)
    • AMS 803 Research Methods (offered every spring)
    • AMS 804 Research Seminar (offered every fall)

    2. Elective Methods (3 hours). 1 course selected by the student and advisor provides methodological support for the student’s research.

    3. Elective Topics (9 hours). Three courses constitute a coherent concentration, including historical depth in a defined area that prepares the student for either the master’s thesis or publishable article.

    4. Thesis Hours. After completing required courses, the student enrolls in six hours of AMS 899 Thesis and continues enrolling in thesis hours until their article or thesis is accepted by their committee.

    5. Research Project and Defense. Students complete a project of original research, resulting in a thesis or scholarly article. A committee of three faculty members evaluates the project, and the student provides an oral defense.

Handbook for Graduate Students

The department has prepared a handbook that summarizes procedures that a graduate student follows in working toward any one of the three graduate degrees. It contains a summary of regulations and departmental procedures and the rationale behind these regulations. The handbook is available online.

Contact Info

Department of American Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-4011
http://americanstudies.ku.edu/
Henry Bial, Chair
785-864-4011
hbial@ku.edu

Department of American Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-4011
http://americanstudies.ku.edu/
Randal Maurice Jelks, Director of Undergraduate Studies
785-864-9476
rmjelks@ku.edu

Department of American Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-4011
http://americanstudies.ku.edu/
Ben Chappell, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-2236
bchap@ku.edu
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