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American Studies

Due to the United States' unrivalled status in the world today, the debates on American values and the mission of American democracy have become a matter of global concern. This programme introduces students to advanced study of American culture and politics, in both domestic and international contexts.

This is a multidisciplinary programme the promotes study of the interactions of cultural, social and political factors. it aims to deepen and widen students' knowledge of major topics and issues.

The programme draws on the expertise of UCD faculty across a number of departments, as well as that of the Professor of American Studies and the contribution of visiting scholars.

Students can expect to take modules such as: American Political Tradition, American Culture, America and Globalisation, American PoliticsToday. In addition they can select an optional module from other schools with the College.

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Entry requirements

If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.

Graduate Diploma in American Studies
You will need:
• Normally a Second Class Honours, grade 1 degree in a relevant subject

• US or Canadian degree with a grade point average of 3.50

Applications are especially welcome from mature students.


1 year full-time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

American Studies graduates have knowledge of American history, culture and politics, making them attractive to multinational companies and national organisations who have extensive relationships with the US. The programme will also interest those wishing to prepare for advanced research in this area.

Students who have undertaken this programme now work in a variety of areas including: Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Research, Teaching, Law. Employers include: AIB, Google, NYC Department of Education, Western Union, Certus, International Student Card, Johns Hopkins University.

Further enquiries

Catherine Carey
Tel: +353 (0)1 716 1560

Subjects taught

Stage 1 Core Modules:

America and Globalisation AMST40010

Ireland & the US AMST40250

The American Political Traditi AMST40290

American Culture AMST40420

American Politics Today (L4) AMST40460

Research Skills Seminar AMST40480

Stage 1 - Option

Nineteenth-Century American Writing ENG40880

American Theatre: Structures & Strategies ENG40900

Contemporary American Writing ENG41670

American Lyric: Document and Memoir ENG41840

Chick Flicks: Women and Hollywood Storytelling FS40240

Stardom, Celebrity & Media Culture FS40270

The Idea of America: US Foreign Policy Since 1945 HIS41000

FDR and the Birth of the Modern America HIS42300


This programme will interest those seeking critical understanding of the United States and its role in the world.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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