Study American Studies at UW


Work toward an M.A. in American Studies at UW in the School of Culture, Gender and Social Justice. Our 2 year program offers students professional development in interdisciplinary cultural studies. Through coursework and peer interactions, understand connections from the past. 


What is American Studies?

The M.A. program offers a fully-funded, high-caliber interdisciplinary degree. Students develop both local and transnational understandings of U.S. culture. The experience our program provides helps students comprehend current social concepts beyond the classroom in relation to historical events, cultures and environments.

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Faculty members in the program have built their careers around American Studies and have conducted unique research. Professor of American Studies and African American and Diaspora Studies, Ulrich Adelt serves as an excellent resource in our courses. Adelt also serves as the Director of American Studies.

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What Can You Do with an M.A. in American Studies?

We prepare students for a large variety of careers to pursue upon graduation. Many of our graduate students enter public service roles after they’ve completed our M.A. program. 

American Studies Careers

  • Education
  • Non-Profit Work
  • Preservationist
  • Historian
  • Collections Curator


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Where M.A. in American Studies Alumni Are Making a Difference:

  • Alliance Historic Wyoming
  • Laramie Main Street Alliance
  • New Mexico Humanities Council
  • Museum of Wildfowl Art
  • National Park Service
  • Foreign Diplomatic Offices
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American Studies Program Highlights

There are numerous resources and experiences students in the American Studies program will benefit from during their time at UW. From scholarships to student groups, we have so much to offer.


Research Opportunities

Our program offers financial and faculty mentor support for student research opportunities and conference participation. With these avenues of support, students can gain new perspectives while researching the past, further contributing to their master’s thesis and general work.  

Smaller Class Sizes

Having multiple chances to learn from coursework and classmates is highly valued by UW. Keeping classes small ensures students get those chances to have unique one on one interactions. Through these instances, peer learning can lead to new ideas and personal growth. 

Financial Support

M.A. students receive full support with stipends to cover tuition, fees and insurance as graduate assistants for the program. Part-time M.A. students also receive tuition and fee support. Additionally, all students may apply for book scholarships and travel assistance. 

Networking & Student Groups

We work with outside organizations to give students chances to connect with communities they may choose to serve someday. Some organizations include the Wyoming Arts Council, the Wyoming Humanities Council and the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research.

This program is one of a kind as it functions as an opportunity for true holistic research that is rarely found in most science and art programs around campus.

- Former UW Graduate Student
American Studies

Contact Us

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College of Arts & Sciences

American Studies Program

Department 4036, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2733


American Studies Website