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American Studies

American Studies is a minor that covers the history, culture, and politics of the United States.

“America” looms large: as dream or nightmare, as land of the future or land of imperial decline. American Studies equips students from many disciplines with the tools of critical understanding. Grounded in history, it attracts students from around the humanities as well as from the social scienes and hard sciences.

Throughout the minor, students will encounter rich primary sources, from political history to the realms of literature, photography, film, music, and art. And they will be thrown into the deep end of good, advanced scholarship from different fields. There is no single way of doing American Studies; students learn to think, to research, and to write in an Americanist mode, but also to make that mode their own.

Study schedule

Semester 1

  • American History: Beginning to End (12 EC)
  • The Craft of American Studies (6 EC)

Semester 2

  • Metropolitan America (6 EC)
  • Usable Pasts (6 EC)

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Master's in American Studies

This minor may also serve as a good preparation for gaining admission to the Master's in American Studies. The master's programme is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree in the humanities or social sciences who have followed the minor in American Studies. That includes but is not limited to: English, media studies, sociology, literary studies, anthropology, cultural studies, political science, European studies, art history, and communication science.

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. This entails that you must have obtained at least 48 ECTS in your propaedeutic year.

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you want to gain admission to the Master's in American Studies, please check out our pre-Master's American Studies.


It is no longer possible to apply for the minor in American Studies in the academic year 2020-2021. The maximum number of participants has been reached.

A minor in Humanities

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate. You can find more information on the following website:

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Studielast 30 EC,
Voertaal Engels
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