The interdisciplinary minor American Studies (30 EC) offers a survey of U.S. history from the establishment of the first colonies on the North American continent in the early seventeenth century to the two-term presidency of Barack Obama. We will also read a number of classics in American literature, including Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, Moby-Dick, stories by Edgar Allen Poe’s and the antislavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The courses in the second semester aim to deepen and broaden the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired in the first semester: you can choose to specialize in American history (track 1) or American literature and culture (track 2). After taking this minor, you will have acquired basic knowledge of and research skills in U.S. history, culture and literature. Students who have successfully completed the minor in American Studies (30 EC) are in principle admissible to the MA programme in North American Studies in Leiden.
Maximum number of participants:25
Prospectus number: 5000MAMN
Class number: 1011