Fairfield University's Master of Arts in American Studies engages the idea of America as it has been culturally imagined and contested throughout history, both within and beyond U.S. national borders. As an interdisciplinary course of study, the program draws upon the expertise of full-time faculty members representing nine departments and programs: Black Studies, history, philosophy, politics, sociology, Religious Studies, Women’s Studies, and the visual and performing arts.
The program consists of two core courses that provide a general introduction to American Studies, followed by eight elective courses that broaden the scope of the offerings, and an individualized graduate project developed with a faculty mentor to meet your intellectual and career goals. This built-in flexibility allows you to specialize in a particular field or pursue a broad scope of the American experience. Additionally, you’ll be able to find career inspiration in our advantageous location in the “academic corridor”—a cultural hub between New York and New Haven for libraries, museums, theaters, art galleries, and historic sites.