American Studies Degree Requirements
Master of American Studies
- Thirty hours of coursework from a select group of classes
Other courses may be taken on topics of importance to American thought with approval
of program director and instructor.
- A Comprehensive examination over questions derived from course work.
- Special Requirements: As a final requirement in lieu of a thesis, the University will sponsor each semester
an institute meeting for one day on a topic central to American Studies. Candidates for degree are expected to attend and participate. A portion of the comprehensive
exam will be devoted to the issues addressed in the two institutes held during the
year of matriculation. Typical topics for these semester institutes: The Puritan Origins
of American Constitutionalism; Religion in America; The Bill of Rights; Literature
and the American Founding; Natural Rights and the Constitution; Is the American Regime
Necessarily Capitalist?; Hawthorne's America; Melville's Quarrel With His Country;
Tocqueville's Democracy, Jefferson versus Hamilton; Slavery, the Progressivists; the
Wilsonian Revolution; Contemporary Thought on the Founding; Equality: Then and Now;
American Dramatists; Liberty: Then and Now; William Faulkner; the Anti-Federalists;
the Southern Dissent; Willmoore Kendall on the American Political Tradition; John
Dewey and American Education.
Applications and Financial Assistance
Application for admission includes a completed application form, two letters of reference,
a statement of purpose, an intellectual autobiography, a sample of academic writing,
and official transcripts of previous college work. Completion of a bachelor's degree
is a prerequisite to entrance.
Tuition scholarships are available for the American Studies Program. Students of the
Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts may be eligible for various forms of financial
assistance and scholarships. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, located on Routh Street near downtown
Dallas, is affiliated with the University of Dallas and offers courses that may be
used for credit towards the University's graduate degrees in the Humanities. For information
about the program offered at the Dallas Institute, please write or call them (2719
Routh St., Dallas, TX 75201; 214-871-2440) or visit their website at www.dallasinstitute.org.