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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

Vision & Values
This is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners/professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of the interactions of cultural, social and political factors in the United States at home and abroad. We value and therefore encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach to the subject. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students, both individually and as part of a group, to think critically about the United States and the ways in which its role in the world is changing. As a result of this approach to learning, the programme uses teaching, learning, and assessment approaches such as seminar discussions, one-on-one advising, short and long writing assignments, small group activities, presentations, and internships.

Programme Outcomes
-Students should be able to communicate in academic language about the interactions of cultural, social and political factors in the United States at home and abroad.
-apply knowledge in a variety of professional settings or in the form of further study.
-develop sophisticated judgments about the United States and ways in which its role in the world is changing.
-display an understanding of interdisciplinary modes of study.
-demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public forums with specialist and non-specialist audiences alike.
-learn skills that will enable them to accumulate further knowledge in this or other subjects in a largely autonomous manner.

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

Ireland & the US

American Culture

Research Skills Seminar

Trump's America

American Politics Today

Stage 1 - Option
Outside the Lines: Nineteenth-Century American Writing, Canonicty & Power

American Theatre: Structures & Strategies

Contemporary US Genre Fiction: Intersection, Disruption, Protest

American Lyric: Document and Memoir

Media Theory and Culture

Chick Flicks: Women and Hollywood Storytelling

Stardom, Celebrity & Media Culture

The Making of United States Foreign Policy From FDR to GWB

Politics, Capitalism, and Society in Modern America


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

Application date

Deadline Rolling *

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

Course fee

GradDip American Studies (Z006) Full Time
EU fee per year - €5890
nonEU fee per year - €12800

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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