The Ph.D. program in American Studies is aimed at students interested in careers in college and university teaching, though it also provides excellent training for jobs in cultural or non-profit institutions that require a doctorate.
The Ph.D. program includes:
- Coursework including two required courses
- Preliminary Examinations in three fields
- Teaching as a Teaching Assistant and Teaching Fellow
- Dissertation Proposal
Most of our Ph.D. students include faculty from outside the department on their preliminary exam committees and on their dissertation committees.
The Graduate Student Handbook lays out in detail the requirements, timelines, and components of the doctoral graduate program in American Studies. It also contains information on departmental and university resources for graduate students.