|Program Coordinator and Instructor of American Studies:||Baghdadi, Rana|
Note: The MA Program is frozen. Please contact CASAR faculty for more details.
MA in Transnational American Studies
The Center for American Studies and Research offers a Master of Arts in Transnational American Studies. We conceive of transnational American Studies in terms of the cultural, political and social relations between, among and across the Americas and the Middle East/North Africa region. CASAR’s goals are to increase understanding of the interdependencies between America and the MENA region, as well as to understand how culture and U.S. geopolitical power circulate beyond American borders. The MA program aims to assist students in acquiring an academic grounding in the theories and methods of the discipline of American Studies, as well as to foster transnational scholarship at the intersections of interdisciplinary American and MENA Studies. The MA program is interdisciplinary: CASAR offers seminars in transnational American Studies, and students also draw on faculty expertise in other departments for elective course offerings and thesis advising. To complement students’ coursework and promote scholarship related to transnational American Studies at AUB, the Center sponsors conferences, lectures and other events.
Students structure their own course of study by specializing in areas such as Arab and Middle East Studies, contemporary politics, international relations, history, anthropology, sociology, fine arts, media studies or literary studies. The courses and thesis or project requirements offer students the opportunity to engage in critical, independent thinking and to undertake in-depth research.
Admission to the MA in Transnational American Studies is restricted to the fall term.
All students are required to take three Transnational American Studies core courses: AMST 300, AMST 301 and AMST 302.
The MA in Transnational American Studies offers a thesis option and a project option. Students are strongly encouraged to select the project option.
Students following the project option are required to complete a minimum of 27 credit hours in courses numbered 300 and above, as well as a 3-credit project. In addition, students will choose electives in consultation with the director of the program. No more than 3 credits of the program of study can be in Arabic language study, unless the student petitions to include additional Arabic credits in her/his program of study.
Students following the thesis option are required to complete a minimum of 21 credit hours in courses numbered 300 and above, as well as a 9-credit thesis. In addition, students will choose electives in consultation with the director of CASAR. No more than 3 credits can be in Arabic, unless the student petitions to include additional Arabic credits in her/his program of study.
The MA in Transnational American Studies is currently frozen.