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.

Current KU Students

Current graduate students wishing to enroll in the Graduate Certificate program will apply through Graduate Studies.  Students must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program. A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission. The application process entails completing the online application, paying a $30.00 application fee, and submitting materials required for the American Studies Certificate:

  1. A letter stating your interest in American Studies and its relationship to your graduate course of study;
  2. An unofficial copy of your KU transcript; and
  3. A letter of support from your graduate degree program.

Non-KU Graduate Students

Non-KU graduate students must complete an application to Graduate Studies for admission into the certificate program and submit an application fee along with the following materials:

  1. A letter stating your interest in the American Studies Certificate Program
  2. A copy of your college transcript
  3. 2 letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic work or potential graduate study.

Please see the Admission to Graduate Study policy for more information.

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

The elective seminars must be 700 level or higher and carry an AMS catalog number. Due to their Department-specific purpose and content, AMS 804 Research Seminar and AMS 900 Teaching Seminar do not qualify as elective seminars for the certificate.