1. A completed Bachelor´s degree in American Studies or related area
You are required to have a Dutch Bachelor´s degree (or equivalent, from a research university) in American Studies or a Bachelor´s degree in English Language & Culture with a specialisation in American Studies. If you specialised in English you can apply if you had at least 40EC in courses related to American Studies. If you have a different academic background, you will need to have achieved 60 EC in courses related to American Studies.
2. A proficiency in English
•A TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 100 (internet-based);
•An IELTS score of at least 7.0;
•A Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of B or higher.
The Master´s programme in North American Studies gives you the opportunity to acquire solid expertise in relation to the concept of ‘America´ in a variety of fields: US history, American literature, American culture (including popular culture, film, theatre and art) as well as political history, foreign policy, constitutional law, religion and social science. Radboud University distinguishes itself from other American Studies programs through its emphasis on the cultural and political relations between the United States, its neighbours and Europe.
Literatures and Cultures of North America in International Perspective:
America´s cultural icons are the world´s cultural icons. From Walt Disney to the Statue of Liberty, from Hollywood to Time magazine, the influence of American culture around the world is huge. Next to studying the variety of meanings that are assigned to American cultural products abroad, students will explore the sheer variety of American cultural expressions themselves. Our program offers courses on the contemporary North American novel, on journalism and magazines, the American avant-garde and the expressions of American ethnic diversity. Throughout, you will explore the societal and socio-political context in which literary and cultural communications acquire meaning.
Transnational America: Politics, Culture and Society:
With the so-called ""transnational turn,"" American Studies increasingly looks beyond and across national borders. The program contains two obligatory foundation courses, ""American Studies: Theory & Practice"" and "America and the World." A central theme is the exchange of cultural and political ideas between North America and Europe and related issues in the field of Americanization and globalization. You can explore processes of cultural contact and exchange at the United States´ geographical and non-geographical borders in the course ""American Borders"" or opt for a course on the international cultural and political relationship between Europe and the United States in Transatlantic Exchange: Europeans and America."" Other options include a special course on the Beat Generation, one of America´s most influential avant-garde movement; North American Indians; African- American Literature and Culture; American Constitutional Law or the American Public Sphere.
Jobs in an international setting, e.g. in school or university education, in research, in journalism or other media, in publishing, museums, international finance, government, business, international affairs or as a diplomat.
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