Graduate Program

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A master’s degree in American studies from The University of Alabama gives students an opportunity to explore their interests and develop writing and thinking skills that expand career options.

The flexibility of our two-year program gives you the freedom to take an interdisciplinary approach to intriguing questions, in a department that’s small enough to allow close interaction with faculty and fellow students, yet large enough to encompass a wide range of research interests.

Visit the graduate catalog for more information.

Pursue your interests

Our program allows graduate students to build on their academic backgrounds and interests through sustained study in a particular area. Our diverse faculty teaches a broad range of topics, and the program allows students to take courses in other departments, broadening their educational opportunities.

Teach your own class

One of the unique aspects of our program is the opportunity to design and teach a course in your second year — to develop course ideas, design the syllabus, assign readings, and actually teach a subject you’re passionate about. In recent years students have taught courses on Woodstock, Walt Disney, Ronald Reagan, and modern gay America.

Work closely with faculty

The moderate size of our department creates an environment in which faculty are open and accessible, able to build close relationships with their students. And because our program offers only a master’s degree, here you won’t have to compete with doctoral students for faculty members’ time and attention.

Fund your studies

In previous years, 90.6% of our MA students have received funding. Whether supported by fellowships or graduate teaching assistantships–both of which include tuition, health insurance, and a stipend–the vast majority of our students receive financial assistance. Learn more about financial support and teaching here.

Launch your career

Our program prepares students for careers in journalism, public policy, law, public relations, historic preservation, academia, nonprofit organizations and more. While many of our graduate students go on to pursue doctorates at institutions nationwide, other students build meaningful non-academic careers from their connections and experiences in the program. Additionally, many students choose to do internships, which help them make career connections and earn academic credit.

Learn more

Contact our interim graduate coordinator, Dr. Michael Innis-Jiménez, to find out how an MA in American studies from The University of Alabama can be a great fit for your interests and goals.