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BAAmerican Studies

Radboud University
Netherlands, Nijmegen
Tuition fee €11,500 per year
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The specialisation American Studies offers you the possibility of immersing yourself in the culture, literature, history, politics, and media of the United States. This specialisation allows you to gain an in-depth understanding of one of today’s most influential countries in the world: the ideas and values driving it, the history and politics shaping it, and the local and global cultures to which this has given shape. While you are learning this, you will be working hard to learn to speak and write American English at a professional level of fluency.

Why study American Studies?

- An opportunity to study the United States as a dynamic, large and complicated country that at the same time has a tremendous influence on our world
- A challenging academic specialisation that brings together the study of politics, society, language, culture, literature, and history
- Full immersion in English, with a strong focus on language acquisition courses
- An energetic international teaching staff
- The opportunity to study abroad (in the United States) or do an internship

Programme structure

This three-year Bachelor’s programme is divided into two semesters and four periods per year. At the end of each period, you will have a series of exams to test what you have learned.

The programme covers five areas: language skills, politics, culture, history, and literature. The first year pays extensive attention to creating a strong basis for speaking and writing English correctly, and for understanding its linguistic structure, while you are being introduced to the politics, history, culture, and literature of the United States.

In the second year of American Studies, the topics and approaches to studying North American society expand to include media, popular culture, art history, and foreign policy and go more in-depth through thematic seminars on topics such as American identity and diversity, social movements, and contemporary engagements with of the 19th century. The attention to spoken and written English fluency continues apace throughout the programme.

In the third year, theory and practice are combined and you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to find solutions to social issues of topical relevance. This will be done as part of a minor. We offer a variety of minors with a societal theme, varying from gender and diversity to migration and big data. Choosing one of these themes will help you put the focus on your programme, making it easier to set yourself apart from others when entering the labour market.

Career opportunities

With a degree in American Studies, you will find a range of jobs to choose from. To give you an idea of possible careers, here is a sample of jobs our graduates are now doing:

- International relations
- Civil Service (government)
- Business & government consultancy
- International educational organisations
- Journalism
- Publishing and translation
- English teacher
- Museum Curator

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States