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Master of Arts in American Studies Program College of Humanities and Social Sciences Kennesaw State University

  • Kennesaw, GA
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 54%46%
    student ratio
  • 28
    total students
  • $4,662 | $16,794
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling Admissions
    fall application deadline
  • 72%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

American Studies at Kennesaw State University

The sole American Studies graduate program in Georgia, the MA Program in American Studies at Kennesaw State University offers an interdisciplinary study of American cultures as they exist locally, regionally, nationally, and transnationally. The course of study grounds students in the most important and innovative recent scholarship concerning the United States and its role in the world. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in practical, project-based learning linked to their own professional development needs and interests. Students will not only learn cutting-edge approaches to the study of American history, politics, literature, arts, and culture, but they will also apply this knowledge through group work, collaboration with faculty, community engagement , and career-related capstone projects. Our regular teaching faculty specialize in cultural studies approaches to American social movements, critical prison studies, transnational approaches to Latin American labor, immigration and literary history, Native American literary cultures, creative non-fiction writing, urban studies, art history, and public history.

The MA Program in American Studies curriculum consists of thirty-six credit hours and a foreign language requirement. Two required core courses, taken in the first year, provide students with a history of American Studies scholarship and an introduction to interdisciplinary research methods. Students choose four additional American Studies courses, one from each of the following clusters: Historical Studies, Place and Identity, Cultural Production, and Transnational American Studies. Regardless of the subject matter of a particular course, students can usually find ways to complete projects that fit their own learning goals. Though all of our classes develop writing and research skills through the use of traditional academic research papers, many of our faculty are open to curricular design projects, film and web-based projects, and/or service-learning projects. All students complete an applied research project, an internship or attend a study-abroad program.

The program is supplemented by three elective courses which can be fulfilled with additional American Studies courses or by any graduate-level course in the University System of Georgia. Alternatively, students may transfer up to nine hours of graduate credit from another university. There are a wide variety of options to suit students pursuing academic or non-academic careers; electives may include courses in history, literature, public administration, creative and/or technical writing, computer science, social media, museum studies, or education.

The MA program concludes with a two-semester Capstone Experience. This requirement can be met by either a traditional academic thesis or other kind of project. As long as a student can find two faculty members to advise him or her, s/he can do almost anything that makes sense within the framework of American Studies. Some examples of student Capstone Experiences in the past include an ethnography of ¿emo¿ youth culture, a project teaching theater in a women¿s prison, a public history exhibition plan about gay and lesbian characters in comic books, and a historical and literary analysis of anti-immigration activism in the United States.

The foreign language requirement may be met by passing the equivalent of a KSU Foreign Language 2002 course with a grade of C or better, a proficiency test administered by the Department of Foreign Languages at KSU, or graduate-level coursework indicating language proficiency. Students may complete this requirement either before or concurrent with the MA Program. Some students choose to meet this requirement through a summer study-abroad program in Mexico.

The MA Program in American Studies at Kennesaw State University is part of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, which has programs in African and African Diaspora Studies, Gender and Women¿s Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Asian Studies, Peace Studies, and Religious Studies. Faculty members from all of these programs are eligible to teach and/or advise capstone projects.

More information about the curriculum, current students, recent alumni, and faculty members can be found on our website. Information on applying and on other graduate programs at Kennesaw State University is available via the KSU Graduate College.

Kennesaw State University

Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third largest university in Georgia with more than 24,100 undergraduate and graduate students representing 142 countries.

KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 384-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 80 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs. KSU's national reputation has gained steam and was recognized by "US News & World Report's" America's Best Colleges issue in 2010 as one of the top universities in the region.


Location & Contact

Master of Arts in American Studies Program

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Kennesaw State University

1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
United States

Dr. Rebecca Hill

Director

Phone: 770-794-7543

Ms. Calla Pavlidis

Admissions Counselor

Phone: 770-420-4377
Fax: 770-423-6885
Email: ksugrad@kennesaw.edu


Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • American Studies Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 3
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

67% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied12
    • Accepted8
    • Acceptance Rate67%
    • Enrolled6
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 31st May 31st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline November 1st November 1st Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st December 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$4,662
    • Out-of-state tuition *$16,794
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,834.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students26
    • Female Percentage65%
    • Male Percentage35%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students26
    • Part-time Percentage69%
    • Full-time Percentage31%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American17%
    • White / Caucasian65%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown5%


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