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American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #801 (QS) Manhattan, NY, United States
Culture. Diversity. Power. These three words define America and its enormous global influence. But how did we get here? What makes America so, well, American? The American studies major at Fordham University is the interdisciplinary study of the cultures, ideas, and institutions that make up the nation.
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Overview

American Studies from Fordham University is as diverse as the country we inhabit. You’ll study with faculty and students from departments all over Fordham, including African and African American studies, American Catholic studies, art history and music, English, history, Latin American and Latino studies, philosophy, political science, urban studies and sociology.

What draws these majors together? The desire to follow one thread in the American tapestry, and find where it weaves with another thread—and another, and another—until we see an expansive image in all its complexity.

You will need excellent grades, sharp writing skills, and a faculty reference to get into our small, competitive department. No lie: The party of the year is the Senior Thesis Presentation. It’s a heady mix of ideas, community, and fun for students and faculty.

Career

You’ll hone skills that employers value: analytical thinking, strong writing skills, and self-direction. Many of our graduates enter the work world immediately after leaving Fordham, working in fields as diverse as law, primary and secondary education, nonprofit organizations, government, and business.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • The Journalist and the Law
  • Films of Moral Struggle
  • Affirmative Action: American Dream
  • Catholicism and Democracy
  • Digital Media and Cyberculture
  • Cannibals/Captives/Rebels
  • Ethics and Economics
  • Constitutional Law
  • Gender, Race, Class

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Common Application with essay and $70 application fee
  • Letter of Recommendation from school guidance counselor or secondary school teacher
  • Transcripts, mark sheets or certificates from all secondary schools or high schools attended (Fordham requires transcripts for the last four years of pre-university education) 
  • SAT or ACT Results (SAT code: 2259; ACT code: 2748)
  • Fordham has an SAT/ACT test flexible option for some overseas applicants. Applicants must (1) complete secondary education outside of the USA, and (2) receive one of these credentials:
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
    • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Diploma 
    • French Baccalaureate
    • German Abitur 
    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
    • Italian Diploma di Esame di Stato (Maturita)
    • Mexican Bachillerato 
    • Singapore Cambridge GCE A levels 
    • South African National Senior Certificate
    • Spanish Bachillerato
    • UK GCE Advanced Levels (3+ required) 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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