When you know what you want, you don’t want to wait. That’s why we made it possible to earn your B.A. and M.A. in American Studies in just five years.

The B.A./M.A. program in American Studies gives you the distinctive opportunity to fast-track your B.A. in American Studies or History and M.A. in American Studies.

The program provides a path through the two degrees in five, rather than six, years:

  • Years 1 and 2: Students take undergraduate courses, which typically include general education requirements and lower-level courses in American Studies or History.
  • Year 3: Students typically take upper-division coursework in American Studies or History and define their areas of interest.
  • Year 4: Students progress to graduate-level American Studies coursework including the start of a three-semester master’s-level thesis.
  • Year 5: Students complete graduate coursework in American Studies and complete their thesis.

The B.A./M.A. program prepares you for:

  • Professional school (business, journalism, law, etc.)
  • A post-secondary teaching position
  • A Ph.D. program in American Studies or related field
  • Work in a museum or public history-related field (when combined with the graduate-track in museum studies)

Ready to apply?

Admission to the five-year program is possible at two junctures in an undergraduate’s career.

  • Truly exceptional candidates may be recruited and admitted for matriculation as first-year students at Trinity College
  • Other outstanding students may apply for admission at the end of their second year of undergraduate study

Typically, no more than two students are admitted to the program each year. All successful applicants must have achieved and maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA in the major (American Studies or History) of at least 3.50.

In addition, all successful applicants must present evidence of superior writing and research skills at the end of their sophomore year. At least one letter of recommendation must be submitted by a faculty member who expresses willingness to direct the required 3-credit thesis.

Contact the American Studies director for application deadlines and additional details.

If a student in the B.A./M.A. program is unable to complete the requirement for the Master of Arts degree program in American Studies, the student will be permitted to receive the B.A. degree assuming all degree requirements have been satisfactorily completed.

If you’re ready to pursue your B.A/M.A., download the program requirements and complete an application.


American Studies

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