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GRADUATE: American Studies Graduate Program Description

Program Description and Main Directions of Study

The MA Program in American Studies at the University of Bucharest offers an inter- and multi-disciplinary study of U.S. culture and society in a comparative and transnational perspective, emphasizing European/Romanian—U.S. relations in the context of globalization and being based on three directions of study: Culture and Values, History and Politics, Society and Communication. The program benefits from the expertise of scholars and faculty who have carried out research or specializations in the United States and who are based in a range of Faculties (Foreign Languages and Literatures, The University of Economic Sciences, Political Science). In addition, there is a “Fulbright Seminar,” held by U.S. scholars. Moreover, the program includes a 2-4 week internship in institutions that constitute future possible employers. It also offers the possibility of partial study in U.S. institutions with which the Center for American Studies has signed agreements: Arizona State University, Phoenix and Kennesaw State University, Georgia.

The core disciplines that make up the American Studies Master’s program at the University of Bucharest include U.S. media and visual culture, history, political science, ethnic and cultural studies, economics. The students enrolled in our classes will gain:

·         professional knowledge and interdisciplinary, comparative training in U.S. history, politics, culture, business and economics, arts, film and humanities, with emphasis  on American - European relations.

·        professional skills and cultural background that will enable them to work in education and research, in mass-media and in areas of social, political, cultural or economic relations with the U.S. They will be able to work as teachers, journalists, editors, translators, librarians, as well as in the spheres of book publishing, NGOs, cultural foundations, diplomatic missions. They will gain the ability to tackle practical tasks within today’s globalized, transnational world, or to do research and continue their education in a PhD program.


Advantages for students from around the world enrolling in our M.A. program in American Studies:


·        Since this is an interdisciplinary program, it follows that our students will be studying a lot of exciting interrelated disciplines, such as (to name but a few) American film studies, American politics, media studies, visual culture, ethnic studies, memory studies.

·        Our students will be in conversation with an interdisciplinary approach that meets the needs of future leaders.

·        Because we get a lot of help from the American Cultural Center at the U.S. Embassy and the Fulbright Commission, who love being involved in our academic life and do everything they can to support us, we are a leading program in Romania offering students up-to-date academic resources from the States as well as the best internships on the market.


Language of instruction: English

Academic calendar: The MA in American Studies is a two-year, four-term programme. Courses start on the 1st of October and end in the last week of June (for first year students) and in the last week of May (for second year students).


Admission requirements: Candidates can be graduates of any higher education profile. They must, however, demonstrate their proficiency in English by including in their application file their Cambridge Proficiency in English score.


Admission process:

Swiss and European Union candidates must take the same admission exam as Romanian candidates. The steps to follow are 1) inquiry about necessary documents for registration, to be obtained from the Department of International Relations of our university (externe@unibuc.eu); 2) registration with the Registrar’s Office of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures—corresponding information to be posted at http://lls.unibuc.ro/admitere-master/, usually in early summer. The admission exam consists of an oral interview, held in mid-July. For the oral interview, the candidates must prepare in advance a 4-page essay (12, Times New Roman, 1.5 spacing) on a topic from the Admission brochure that you can download by clicking here. The essay must be submitted to the admission committee on the day of the examination, in three hardcopies.

Candidates who are not citizens of Romania, Switzerland, the European Union, or the European Economic Space states and would like to enroll in the American Studies graduate program at the University of Bucharest should contact the Department of International Relations of our university. They will need to provide a legalized copy of their identity card and of their diplomas, as well as the translation into Romanian of these documents. These students pay a yearly fee and they must register for our MA program at the Department of International Relations before the end of September. Complete details about documents and fees are available from the Department of International Relations at the University of Bucharest, at the following email address: externe@unibuc.eu .

Here you can find the list of courses offered for the M.A. program in American Studies at the University of Bucharest.

If you have further queries, please contact Dana Mihailescu at the following email address: dana_mihailes@yahoo.com

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