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American Studies, Bachelor

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  • 48 months
Springfield, MA, United States
The American Studies program is offered by Western New England University. It is the perfect blend of History and English that will allow you think critically and make comparisons between the past and the present. The program takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the meaning and nature of culture in the United States.
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The American Studies program is offered by Western New England University. Literature is the core of the program, but you will position your literary study in a comparative analysis of visual media and history to supplement your understanding of the relationship between cultural expressions and their context in social, political, and economic change.

Why Choose American Studies?

Combining a specialization in American culture with emphasis on critical reading, writing, and thinking throughout the course of study offers you a unique perspective in the study of history through literature. If you are interested in a career specifically focused on American literature or culture, you will be able to present yourself as a specialist in the field. Not only will you discover a more detailed understanding of our society, you will be able to consider the implications of past events in the shaping of our culture today.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this major will earn a degree that offers many of the opportunities of a traditional English major, but with a specialization in American culture that will be recognizable by graduate programs and employers. Experience in media other than literature will prepare you to link your expertise to contemporary expressions of specifically American cultural issues. Our graduates have gone on to graduate work in professional writing and are well prepared for the fields of teaching, law, technical writing, editing, publishing, journalism, and public relations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Western New England University has a "rolling" admissions policy, not a set admission deadline, which gives students greater flexibility in applying.

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

Programme Structure

The curriculum crosses boundaries from American literature (including major African American and ethnic authors), to American history, film, and other visual media. It includes an in-depth study of the major texts in American Literature, as well as courses from the University’s programs in History, Communication, and Film and Media Studies.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Forward official secondary school transcript(s) accompanied by an English translation of the document(s) as well as an official transcript of the in-progress grades when available.
  • Submit an Affidavit of Support form.
  • Submit an official letter from your bank (on the bank's stationery) declaring that the financial sponsor has sufficient funding to support the student's education at Western New England University. 
  • Provide a recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher. 
  • SAT - Criticial reading score of a 450 on the old SAT
  • ACT - Verbal score of 18

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Tuition Fee

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    34338 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 34338 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    34338 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34338 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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*12-18 credit hours per term.

Living costs for Springfield

  • 1020 - 1350 USD/month
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