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The Graduate Program in American Studies educates students to become knowledgeable and productive scholars who will contribute significantly to a wide range of academic, cultural, and public institutions. The curriculum is designed:

* To train scholars in the theory and methodology of interdisciplinary study and to develop research skills enabling them to draw upon, and eventually contribute to, the collections, archives, and resources of the universities and cultural institutions of the region;
* To foster new scholarship which contributes to the advancement of understanding of American civilization's heterodox identities, institutions, and cultures;
* To encourage the original and creative articulation of research and scholarly contributions to diverse audiences, including other scholars in the academy; undergraduate and graduate students; scholars and professionals in cultural institutions in the public sector; and the general public, through a variety of media.

The Ph.D. degree in American Studies requires the successful completion of 60 credits of work. Doctoral candidates are expected to complete 42 credits of course work, including 6 credits in two core courses, 6 credits in upper-level reading and research seminar, 3 credits of coursework in public humanities in a course chosen in consultation with the program director and 18 credits of dissertation research. Degree candidates must complete 12 credits of work in each of their exam field -- an interdisciplinary field, a disciplinary field, and a third field defined by students' dissertation topic.

Contents

Core sequence in the Theory and Methodology of American Studies: * Introduction to American Studies
* Research Seminar in American Studies
* Upper-level Research Seminar, second year of full-time study
* Upper-level Reading Seminar
* Public Humanities in consultation with the program director

* Major Interdisciplinary Area
* Second Interdisciplinary Area
* Third Area of Study, more Concentrated within a Single Discipline
* Dissertation Research

The culmination of work for the Ph.D. is the production of a dissertation based on original interdisciplinary scholarship in the candidate's primary area of focus.

Requirements

A sample of academic or professional writing up to 6,000 words long and personal statement of up to 1,500 words describing how you would advance by pursuing a degree in American Studies. For nondegree: see footnote below.

GRE General. Official transcripts, personal statement, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.

Current non-degree students will only be permitted to take a total of 12 credits before they must apply to the program for matriculation. Application fee, personal statement, and transcripts must be submitted in order to be considered for non-degree study.

Funding

Rutgers uses your FAFSA to develop a financial-aid package based on your qualifications, financial need and the funds available to the university. Your package may include any or a combination of these major financial aid sources:

* Gift aid does not require repayment and is divided into three categories: grants (which recognize financial need) and scholarships and awards (which recognize academic merit, special talents, or other achievements).
* Loans must be repaid (usually after graduation) and can come from private lenders as well as federal, state and university sources.
* Work-study allows students to earn money for college expenses while gaining valuable skills - often in their intended field.

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Accreditation

The Rutgers name is recognized everywhere, and a Rutgers degree makes a great first impression. Weve built our academic reputation on solid accomplishments:

* Rutgers is a memberso are Harvard, Yale, and Berkeleyof the prestigious Association of American Universities, the 61 leading research universities in North America.
* More than 175 Rutgers research centers support pioneering work in stem cells, climate change, DNA analysis, and more.
* Rutgers international reputation draws top students from more than 130 countries and all 50 states.

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