M.A. in American Studies

The Master of Arts in American Studies program provides an advanced interdisciplinary degree for students seeking professional and personal advancement through the liberal arts. The degree and certificate programs are tailored to fit a variety of career goals as well as to provide preparation for professional degrees or doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences.

Degree and certificate candidates could seek careers -- or enrich their careers -- in public relations, education, law, market research, journalism, government, museums, auction houses, libraries, and nonprofit work. The program’s international approach to American studies will, furthermore, prepare graduates with skills to understand globalization and the relationship of the United States with different parts of the world.


About the Program

American Studies asks what it means to be “American.” It interrogates the forces that hold Americans together, while also recognizing that “America” has always been a contested category whose meaning has changed over time. American Studies at Stockton is also decidedly transnational--emphasizing hemispheric, diasporic, and transatlantic approaches to American history and culture.

The American Studies program builds on Stockton University’s long-standing commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship. The program’s faculty members are respected scholars in traditional disciplines, such as literature, history, art history, and communications, as well as interdisciplinary fields, including Latin American and Caribbean studies, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, Native American studies, Africana studies, Jewish studies, postcolonial studies, and studies of American culture and the environment.

Graduate students enter Stockton’s American Studies program from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of skills, professional experiences, and research interests. They will find a community of scholars and a range of resources to complement their specific interests and allow them to pursue their personal and professional goals.

Professional Benefits

Stockton’s American Studies curriculum prepares students to apply to Ph.D. programs in American Studies or other related fields. The degree also provides post-baccalaureate training for a number of professions. Professional benefits for students are three-fold:

  1. Master’s degrees enable teachers to improve their professional qualifications and earn promotions.
  2. The certificate and MA programs enhance career development opportunities for regional professionals in a variety of public history, nonprofit, and related fields.
  3. Students may also use the master’s degree as a stepping-stone to further graduate study.

Curriculum

The curriculum provides two basic models for two different groups of students: a) those who are coming to the University with a completed bachelor’s degree and wish to earn a master’s degree; and b) those who wish to earn a certificate in American Studies.

M.A. in American Studies

Students with a bachelor's degree who wish to earn a master’s degree will complete 30 credits from a menu of courses (see curriculum below).

MAAS Curriculum - 30 credits

Core Courses- 6 credits

Proseminar in American Studies (3 credits) - This course provides an introduction to American Studies, including a history of the field from its origins to the present. Students will be introduced to a selection of exemplary American Studies texts.

Research Methods in American Studies (3 credits) - This course provides students with the analytical tools they will need to do interdisciplinary research in American Studies. We will examine a variety of approaches, methods, and theoretical perspectives, such as archival research, textual analysis, oral history, cultural studies, and theories of gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality.

Electives- 24 credits

Periods Electives (P) - Examine a particular historical time period from the perspective of multiple disciplines and intellectual paradigms. Course offerings include “Contemporary America” and “The Sixties”.

Approaches and Applications Electives (A) - Explore a particular theoretical or methodological approach in American Studies. Course offerings include “Critical Theory & American Studies,” “Museum Studies,” and “Documenting America”.

Topics Electives (T) - Interrogate a particular issue or theme related to the cultures of the United States and/or the Americas. Course offerings include “The U.S. and the World,” “Literature of the Americas,” and “Africans in the Americas”

* Students choosing to complete a master's thesis will engage in a 6-credit, two semester research tutorial directed by an American Studies faculty member serving as the Thesis Advisor. * Students completing internships must also fulfill assignments outside of their internship developed by their on-site supervisor (Internship Coordinator). A 3-credit internship is available (90 hours) and a 6-credit internship is available (180 hours).

American Studies Certificate of Graduate Study

The Certificate in American Studies allows students to earn advanced training in American Studies without committing to a master’s degree program. The certificate program requires 15 hours of graduate credit. This includes five courses, two of which must be AMST 5000: Proseminar in American Studies and AMST 5001: Research Methods in American Studies. Certificate students are also required to complete three American Studies elective courses.

American Studies Certificate of Graduate Study Curriculum - 15 Credits

Core Courses- 9 credits

AMST 5000: Proseminar in American Studies (3 credits)

AMST 5001: Research Methods in American Studies (3 credits)

One of the following two courses:

  • Critical Theory and American Studies (3 credits)
  • Internship (3 credits)

Electives- 6 credits: Certificate students take one or two American Studies (AMST) elective courses in one or more of the categories listed below. Students may choose to take one course in another Stockton graduate program or to complete an internship to fulfill three of the six required elective credits.

Periods Electives (P) - Examine a particular historical time period from the perspective of multiple disciplines and intellectual paradigms. Possible courses include “1930s America” and “The Age of Revolutions.”

Approaches and Applications Electives (A) - Explore a particular theoretical or methodological approach in American Studies. Possible courses include “Feminist Theory,” “Theories of Race and Ethnicity,” and “Museum Studies.”

Topics Electives (T) - Interrogate a particular issue or theme related to the cultures of the United States and/or the Americas. Possible courses include “Literature of the Americas” and “Sustainability and the Humanities.”

For course descriptions, please visit The University's Course Catalog.

Dual Degree Program in Literature and American Studies

The undergraduate Literature Program at Stockton offers an accelerated dual-degree program that allows Literature majors to earn a B.A. in Literature and M.A. in in American Studies in five years. This intensive academic program of study includes all of the courses within the Literary Studies concentration Literature major as well as all of the courses required in the Master of Arts in American Studies program. Literature majors interested in applying for the Literature/American Studies Dual Degree Program should initially enroll in the Literary Studies concentration in the Literature major in their freshman or sophomore year and then apply to the Dual Degree Program once they meet the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum of 96 credits
  • Minimum of 20 credits in LITT courses
  • 3.2 GPA minimum in the Literature major
  • Grade of C or better in LITT 2114 and LITT 2123

To apply for enrollment in the Dual-Degree Program in Literature and American Studies, contact the Literature Program Coordinator.

Admissions Criteria

Application Deadline

Fall 2019: July 1, 2019

Spring 2020: November 26, 2019

Fall 2020: July 1, 2020

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in American Studies program, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Discover Stockton Online Application (you must create a Discover Stockton Account)
    • If you are a recent Stockton graduate, check to see if you qualify for the Direct Entry Option.
  2. Application fee: $50 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application
  3. Graduate application essay
  4. Three current letters of recommendation written specifically for admission to the MAAS Program sent electronically via the Discover Stockton Application (2 recommended from faculty)
  5. Testing requirements (waived for students with U.S. or Canadian undergraduate degrees with a 3.0 or higher).
  6. Resume
  7. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (including Stockton) mailed or dropped off directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

Standardized test scores (GRE or MAT) are required for international applicants without U.S. or Canadian degrees and for applicants with lower than a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.; standardized test scores are optional for students with a 3.0 G.P.A. or above with a U.S. or Canadian undergraduate degrees from an accredited institution.

Yes. Students may take up to three class (9 credits) as a non-matriculated student. Please review the instructions on the Non-Matriculated Registration page.

The University accepts up to nine credits of appropriate graduate study from other colleges and universities, subject to approval by the MAAS Director. Credits earned from American Studies courses taken prior to matriculation in the program are treated as transfer credits; the combined credits from transfer courses and courses taken as a non-matriculated student may not exceed nine credits. Graduate Transfer Equivalency Form

Please review the instructions on the Application Process page.

Direct Entry is an application option for recent Stockton graduates. To be eligible for direct entry, the applicant must have a 3.4 minimum G.P.A in the program and 3.2 cumulative. Direct Entry applicants are not required to submit GRE or MAT scores, letters of recommendation, or an application fee. Visit the Direct Entry website for more details about this option.
Courses will be offered in a traditional, face-to-face setting as well as online (hybrid and distance education) and summer intensive courses. Classes will be in the evening to cater to working professionals.
Classes are generally held at Stockton’s main campus in Galloway.
Applications are processed in the order in which they are received and are evaluated on a rolling basis. The final deadlines are: July 1st 2020 for Fall and November 26th 2019 for Spring. 
Yes. Stockton undergraduates who have successfully completed 96 semesters hours of undergraduate credit by the time the graduate course begins will be eligible to enroll. Students must have earned at least a 3.2 overall G.P.A. Please complete the Undergraduate Access Form and have your preceptor and the American Studies Director sign the form. Signatures from the course instructor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator are not required for American Studies. 

Program Faculty


Jennifer Forestal

Jennifer Forestal, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Robert Gregg

Robert Gregg, Dean, School of General Studies & Tenured Professor of History

Deborah Gussman

Deborah Gussman, Professor of American Literature

Adalaine Holton 

Adalaine Holton , Associate Professor of Literature

Kristin Jacobson

Kristin Jacobson, Professor of American Literature

Nazia Kazi 

Nazia Kazi , Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Thomas E. Kinsella

Thomas E. Kinsella, Professor of British Literature

Nathan A. Long

Nathan A. Long, Professor Creative Writing

Joe'l Ludovich

Joe'l Ludovich, Associate Professor of Communications

Gorica Majstorovic

Gorica Majstorovic, Professor of Spanish

Michelle McDonald

Michelle McDonald, Chief Officer for Academic Programming AC & Associate VP for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Atlantic History

Daniel Moscovici

Daniel Moscovici, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Geology

Sharon Musher

Sharon Musher, Associate Professor of History

Robert Nichols

Robert Nichols, Professor of History

Sara Novic

Sara Novic, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

John O'Hara

John O'Hara, Associate Professor of Critical Thinking & First - Year Studies

Patricia Reid-Merritt

Patricia Reid-Merritt, Distinguished Professor of Social Work & Africana Studies

Javier Sanchez

Javier Sanchez, Associate Professor of Spanish

Wendel White

Wendel White, Distinguished Professor of Art

Current Students

Financing Your Education

Learn about ways to finance your graduate education at Stockton. These inlude Graduate Assistantships, Distinguished Research Fellowships, Need-based Financial Aid Foundation Scholarships, EOF Graduate Grants, and Personal Resources.

Outstanding Achievement in American Studies Award

Each spring, the Outstanding Achievement in American Studies Award will be given to an advanced MAAS student who produces a project that stands out as unusually persuasive and well-developed, that successfully investigates a topic in a novel way, or significantly impacts the larger community. Recipients of the award are nominated by the student’s professor or project advisor and chosen by an Awards Committee including three American Studies faculty members.

Society for American Studies

The Society of American Studies seeks to promote knowledge of American Studies as an academic area of study and as a professional career choice. This Society shall serve as a means of uniting students currently enrolled in the Master of Arts or Certificate in American Studies programs, while enhancing their knowledge and understanding of the field of American Studies. As a discipline, American Studies has examined the forces that have historically held together Americans, the ongoing debates over what it means to be “American,” and the counter discourses created by those who have historically been excluded from that identity. It has also investigated how multiple American cultures have shaped and continue to influence individual, local, regional, national, and transnational identities and power. Such an approach places diverse American cultures within a global context, tracing the intersecting flows of people, ideas, and power across national borders.

The Society of American Studies meets regularly to socialize, explore professional opportunities, and plan and attend events that promote American Studies. Check the Society of American Studies OspreyHub page for updates about meeting times and places.

Events


The Paul Lyons Memorial Lecture Series

Paul Lyons

Stockton University presents an annual lecture series in honor of Professor Paul Lyons. This series brings to Stockton leading regional, national, and international scholars in American Studies. Intended for general audiences, the lectures draw on the scholars from the Humanities and the Social Sciences, and appeal to students in a wide range of undergraduate programs (History, Literature, Philosophy, Sociology/Anthropology, Political Science, Economics) as well as graduate ones (MAED, MAHG, and American Studies).

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Apply today. If you have further questions you can Request More Information or call the Office of Graduate Studies at (609) 626-3640 or E-mail gradschool@stockton.edu.

Adalaine Holton, Ph.D. 
Director, M.A. in American Studies Program
Associate Professor of Literature