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MA North American Studies

Leiden University
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program Description

master program

Study an MA in North American Studies at Leiden University

The strengths of Leiden University’s master program in North American Studies lie particularly in African-American history and literature, U.S. political history and foreign policy, immigrant and ethnic studies in the U.S., and (public) memory and memorialization. Although some attention is paid to Canada and Mexico in a number of courses, the main focus in this program is on the United States.

What you'll get

  • Explore major issues in the history, literature and culture of US, as well as undertaking in-depth studies of specific historical and literary topics.
  • Study at a leading international centre of research in American Studies,
  • Apply the integrated approach to North American Studies and discover connections between historical events and cultural and literary developments.

Leiden American Studies graduates go on to a variety of careers in teaching, journalism, politics, government, publishing and research.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including the general academic skills.
  • Comparable qualities in the field of knowledge, understanding and skills with those acquired upon graduating from the bachelor’s program in history from Leiden University
  • Applicants should, for example, have a Bachelor’s degree in the field of American Studies or another Bachelor’s degree in Humanities or Social Sciences that includes components in the field of American Studies worth at least 30 credits.
  • Applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities or Social Sciences and who have completed the minor in American Studies at Leiden University are considered to have fulfilled this requirement.
  • Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE); for the ‘speaking’ and ‘writing’ components a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 25 is required).

Degree & diploma

Master of Arts in North American Studies

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Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...

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Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden, the Netherlands

Life in Leiden is greatly influenced by the relatively large number of students, as most of them both live and study in the historic city of Leiden, which has approxomately 120.000 inhabitants. Leiden University does not have a campus, but the city is it’s campus. You will almost always run into someone you know when you go shopping or when you go out at night. Since Leiden is...

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Leiden University

Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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