• Outstanding professors in American history, literature, sociology, and philosophy guide you to deepen your understanding of American culture. Gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the literature, music, history, politics, and culture of the United States.
  • Learn first-hand how outsiders view this nation by studying abroad (optional) for one semester at the Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Pannonia in Veszprém, Hungary. All courses are taught in English and the tuition is half of Nazareth's price.
  • Intern at a museum, school, or international organization, in the U.S. or in Hungary.


Some evening classes


Traditional (on-campus), hybrid (half online), and online classes offered


Complete in as fast as 12 months full-time


Low-cost study abroad option

Program is Ideal For

  • Getting jobs in the U.S. government, museum work, diplomacy, or teaching.
  • Recent college graduates in the humanities.
  • Education students with undergraduate teaching certifications. Receive professional teaching certification in English, social studies, or history through this program.

Curriculum Examples

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Ethnic American Literature
  • Jazz Music
  • Public History
  • Social Movements
  • Religion in America

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this master's degree.


Students' Perspective

“The professors are the best part of the program. They are masters of their areas of expertise, and maybe more importantly, just good people,” said Ryan Shales ‘15, a former Rochester social studies teacher who pursued this degree to get his professional teaching certification and open the door to new opportunities. “I have always seen the teaching of cultural understanding at younger ages as key to developing sustainable international peace,” says Shales, who went on to be an English teacher with the Peace Corps in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, and to work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"The program allows students a wide variety of class options with the freedom to choose courses based on your interest," says Jenna Skiba '13, a fifth-grade history teacher at Rochester Prep Middle School, the highest-performing charter school in Rochester. "The experience in Hungary was life-changing. I was able to fully immerse myself in the Hungarian culture, which helped to shape my worldview and has been invaluable to me as a history teacher. After my semester there, Veszprem feels like a second home. I made friendships that will last forever."

What to Expect

  • Learn from faculty with expertise in American history, art, English, political science, linguistics, music, philosophy, and sociology.
  • Choose one-year or two-year option.
  • Internship options include working for a semester at a museum, archive, art gallery, educational institution, religious organization, non-profit group, or other organization.

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