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Master of Arts in American Studies

Trinity’s longstanding master’s program in American Studies provides students with an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of the field and its research methods, engaging students in hands-on research and internships in Hartford.  The program includes a track in museums and communities.

Where to Start?  Entry into the degree varies depending on when you start:​

​Fall Spring​ ​​​​Summer

​​AMST 801.  Approaches to American Studies

​AMST 802.  Primary Research Methods

​AMST 835.  Museum Exhibition

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  • Full-time students can complete the degree in two years, by enrolling in two courses over five terms (including one summer).
  • Part-time students who take one course per term can complete the degree in three to four years.
Curriculum:  The M.A. in American Studies consists of 10 course credits. Students choose one of two tracks:
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AMERICAN CULTURE


MUSEUMS AND COMMUNITIES

​  2 Foundational Courses

  • AMST 801.  Approaches to American Studies (fall)

  • AMST 802.  Primary Research Methods (spring)

  3 Specialized Electives

  • 1 course in historical approaches

  • 1 course in literary or cultural approaches

  • 1 course in art, architecture, or museum studies

  3 General Electives

  • Any 3 additional AMST courses

  Capstone

  • 2-credit thesis; or

  • 1-credit project + 1 additional elective course

 
 

  4 Foundational Courses

  Theory and Methods (2)

  • AMST 801.  Approaches to American Studies (fall)

  • AMST 802.  Primary Research Methods (spring)

  Track-Specific (2)

  • AMST 825.  Museums, Visual Culture & Critical Theory (spring)

  • AMST 835.  Museum Exhibition (spring)

  2 Specialized Electives

  • 1 course in historical approaches

  • 1 course in literary or cultural approaches

  1 General Elective

  • Any additional AMST course

  1 Internship

  • AMST 894.  Museums and Communities Internship

​  Capstone

  • 2-credit thesis; or

  • 1-credit project + 1 additional elective course

​​ ​  * The program director will advise you about which courses count as specialized     ​   electives by category.