University of Minnesota
American Studies
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104 Scott Hall
72 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Email: amstdy@umn.edu
Phone: 612-624-4190
Fax: 612-624-3858

Ph.D. Requirements

Coursework

Coursework should be interdisciplinary. Graduate students must do the following while pursuing the PhD:

  • Four core courses: (8201, 8202, 8401, 8801)
  • Three one-semester courses from the American Studies specialty seminars
  • One comparative culture course covering international or non-U.S. subjects
  • Field of Concentration consists of seven adviser-approved courses, one of which must be a cultural pluralism course
  • 24 thesis credits are also required

Language Requirement

  • Reading knowledge of one foreign language.

Preliminary Exams: Written & Oral

The American Studies Preliminary Examination Portfolio consists of three written components:

  1. Subfield Paper #1, a broad-based definition and explanation of a first subfield
  2. Subfield Paper #2, an annotated syllabus for an undergraduate introductory course in a second subfield
  3. Dissertation Project Statement (Together these are the Preliminary Written Examination.), and an oral review (Preliminary Oral Examination). Portfolios are individually tailored to each student's program.

Dissertation

Students carrying a full-time load generally take three years to complete course work, and two years to complete the dissertation. It is possible, but difficult, to complete this degree in a total of four years. Students are expected to complete the writing and defense of the dissertation by the end of their seventh year in the program.