Master of Arts

  • 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, HungaryAll 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.

Program is Ideal For

  • People who want to work for the U.S. government or who seek a career in museum work, diplomacy, or teaching.
  • Recent college graduates in the humanities.
  • Education students with undergraduate teaching certifications, who can receive professional teaching certification in English, social studies, or history through this program.

Career Information

Become a teacher, an American studies professor, diplomat, government employee, archivist, or museum curator.

A Student's 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 Rochester social studies teacher who began the American studies degree program in the fall of 2013. He is pursuing this to get his professional teaching certification and open the door to other opportunities. Before studying in Hungary in spring 2015, he was offered a position in the Peace Corps at a university or college in China beginning in the summer. “I have always seen the teaching of cultural understanding at younger ages as key to developing sustainable international peace.”

"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 world view 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
  • Optional international component in Hungary, which has low tuition rates.
  • 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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Program Director

Scott M. Campbell

Scott M. Campbell

Professor & Chair in Philosophy
Director of the American Studies Program in Arts & Sciences, College of
Golisano Academic Center 483

Education: B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Boston College; Ph.D., Boston College

Teaching and Research Interests: Exploring the nature of the human being through a philosophical analysis of the concept of life. In particular, the problem of language, the role it plays in human life, and how language relates to the structure of the human being. 

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