Degree Requirements

American Studies Degree Requirements

Master of American Studies

30 credit hours of coursework

Some courses are required while other courses may be taken on topics of importance to American thought with approval of program director and instructor.

Comprehensive exam

The exam covers questions derived from course work. 

Institute participation 

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.


2018 Galbraith Lecture Explores 'Dante and Liturgical Time'

As we age, most of us ask ourselves, where has the time gone? Borrowing text from UD's Core curriculum, this spring semester's Galbraith Lecture will explore the difference between our own perception of time, and how the philosopher-poet Dante Alighieri viewed mankind's immortal clock, steeped in Scripture and in life.

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UD Presents: 'Dwelling: Paintings by Peter Ligon and Layla Luna'

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition featuring two Dallas/Fort Worth area artists, Peter Ligon and Layla Luna, who articulate the architectural styling of dwelling spaces in their paintings. Both artists will give presentations at an opening reception on Friday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Haggar Art History Auditorium located in the Haggerty Art Village on the University of Dallas’ Irving campus.

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Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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