American Studies

Course Information
  • Subject: Humanities, Social Sciences
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Type of Degree: BA
  • Cost: EUR 1,984 2016/2017

The University of Groningen is the only university in The Netherlands to offer a Bachelor degree in American Studies. All courses are designed and developed specifically for American Studies. This has resulted in a program that is transparent, coherent and exciting. It was categorized as “Excellent” in the recent national quality assurance exercise. What distinguishes our degree from all other similar programs is its interdisciplinary nature: rather than approaching the field from one or two perspectives, traditionally history and literature. In Groningen students will explore “America” from the perspectives of its popular culture, history, language, literature, constitution, ethnicity and religion, drawing on and inter-relating a range of disciplinary models.

In addition to acquiring knowledge about the specific field of study, students acquire a range of transferable skills that will stand them in good stead whatever direction their lives take them after university. Students will develop competence in analysis and argument; presentation and communication skills, and high levels of spoken and written English.

As an American Studies graduate, you have a broad range of career possibilities. American Studies students have expertise in the economic, political, cultural, commercial, and social aspects of the U.S., as well as excellent transferable skills that are highly valued in the job market. The cultural adaptability and linguistic expertise that comes from living and studying in the U.S.A. distinguishes our American Studies students from most job candidates. After graduation, our students move into jobs in the business world, journalism, diplomacy, politics, event organization, or teaching, to name only a few options.

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