The Graduate Certificate in American Studies is designed to offer KU graduate students in the humanities and social sciences a portable credential demonstrating their engagement with the field of American Studies, including exposure to interdisciplinary theory and methods. This certificate also provides enrichment or an introductory experience to the field for non-degree-seeking students.

Admission to Graduate Studies

An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Please consult the Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for information regarding program-specific admissions criteria and requirements. Special admissions requirements pertain to Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, which may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in American Studies

Eligibility criteria for admission to the certificate program follow Graduate Studies' admission policy.  A student must hold a baccalaureate degree and have earned at least a B (3.0) grade-point average in previous academic work. 

Application requirements differ for current KU students versus non-KU students. Please visit the American Studies website for a full list of the required application materials. Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as described here

Graduate Certificate in American Studies

The American Studies Graduate Certificate will require 12 hours of course work.

AMS 801Introduction to American Studies3
Choose 13
Theorizing America
Research Methods in American Studies
2 Electives in American Studies 16
Total Hours12