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American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Newport, RI, United States
The American Studies program of Salve Regina University is an interdisciplinary major in which students draw upon multiple fields of study to critically analyze the meaning and influence of U.S. history and culture.
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The American Studies program of Salve Regina University focuses on the question of national identity: What characteristics, traditions, ideas and values shape the American people and their institutions? Students explore American culture through the lens of diverse academic fields such as art, economics, film, history, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion and sociology in order to examine the nation’s intellectual and social foundations.

Our Program

Our majors are characterized by their ability to think critically, make intellectual connections and communicate effectively. The broad and rigorous education our students receive prepares them for graduate school and careers in a wide variety of fields, including business, education, government, journalism, law and the nonprofit sector.

Life After Salve

Employers and graduate schools seek applicants who can think critically, communicate effectively and are self-starters. With its flexible curriculum, personalized faculty mentoring, interdisciplinary approach and senior thesis project, our program creates an ideal environment for students to develop those sought-after skills.

In the Workforce

  • Business: Graduates acquire the creativity, organizational skills and cultural awareness necessary for careers as successful entrepreneurs.
  • Education: Graduates are well prepared for teaching and administrative positions in primary, secondary and higher education.
  • Government: Graduates have held positions at the local, state and federal government levels.
  • Nonprofit sector: Graduates can pursue careers with advocacy organizations, electoral politics, libraries, museums, research organizations and think tanks.

Graduate and Law School

  • Humanities and social sciences: Graduates can pursue masters and Ph.D. programs in American studies, ethnic studies, history, literature, political science, sociology, urban planning and urban studies.
  • Education: Graduates interested in teaching careers can earn the M.A.T., while those interested in educational research, advocacy or administration may pursue M.A., M.S., Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees.
  • Public administration and public policy: Graduates can pursue master’s and Ph.D. programs in public administration and public policy.
  • Law school: Graduates acquire the research skills, critical analysis and clear writing necessary for the demands of law school.

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 include:

  • American Civilization l: Introduction to American Studies
  • American Civilization II: Theory and Practice
  • Classic American Philosophy
  • American Civilization Ill: Research Methods
  • American Civilization 'V: Senior Thesis Capstone
  • American Music

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Application and personal statement
  • Please submit an official copy of your secondary school transcript (in English) showing the courses and grades/marks you received for the most recent 3-4 years of schooling
  • The submission of SAT and/or ACT test scores is optional except for applicants to the nursing and education programs, who must submit official results
  • Two letters of recommendation are required
  • To confirm the spelling of your name and date of birth, we ask applicants to submit a copy of their passport photo ID page

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21110 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21110 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Newport

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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