North American Studies

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
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This master's takes an integrated approach to the study of U.S. history, culture, and literature and its influence on contemporary social, political and cultural developments.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
The Master's in North American Studies at Leiden University focuses on key areas of North American history and literature.

Explore in-depth major issues in the history, literature and culture of the U.S., including African-American history and literature, U.S. political history and foreign policy, immigrant and ethnic studies, and public memorialisation.

An integrated approach is taken to all topics, with connections made between North American history, culture and literature, and contemporary developments.

An important aspect of the programme is learning how to conduct independent multidisciplinary research, comprehend and apply theoretical insights, and take a critical approach to all material. Opportunities are available for an internship or an exchange at a North American university.

Learn alongside talented and highly-motivated students. Classes are kept deliberately small to allow for a high level of interaction with your lecturers, many of whom are leading researchers in the field of American Studies.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Leiden University is one of Europe's top research universities and an international centre of expertise for research in American Studies.
  • At Leiden University, students can choose subjects from an exceptionally broad curriculum, including specialised subjects not available elsewhere. All classes are taught by accomplished scholars. Small classes give students valuable time interacting with lecturers.
  • The Master's in North American Studies programme gives you considerable freedom to tailor your degree to reflect your interests. You can focus on American history or American literature, or choose a multidisciplinary approach. You also have the option of doing an internship at an organisation or spending a semester studying at a university in North America.
  • Your qualification from Leiden University is respected by organisations worldwide. But that's not the only advantage of studying at Leiden. We challenge you to think harder, analyse more vigorously, and devise new and creative solutions.


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The Master's in North American Studies programme consists of one core course, three research seminars, and an MA thesis. Students can pursue a multidisciplinary approach, or can specialise in either American history or American literature.
You also have the option of doing an internship at an organisation or spending a semester studying at a university in North America.

The core course 'Major Issues in American Studies' explores the major issues and scholarly and theoretical debates within the academic field of American history, politics and culture. Three research seminars provide an in-depth analysis of a particular subject covered by the core course. Students carry out research within these seminars using original source materials, published documents and/or critical and theoretical sources. Subjects include:

* The Civil Rights Movement;
* Post-9/11 literature, film and culture in the U.S.,
* Immigrant and minority literature,
* Slavery and memory, and the American South.

An MA thesis concludes the programme, which includes an oral defence. Individual tuition guides students through the process of writing their MA thesis.

A detailed curriculum for the Master's in North American Studies is available in the e-Prospectus, which applies to this current academic year:

For a detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit the e-prospectus:
Major Issues in American History and Culture
10 EC
Electives / internship
30 EC
MA Thesis
20 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
group discussion, lecture, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, seminar, internship, tutorial, self study
The one-year Master's in North American Studies programme provides students with comprehensive knowledge of North American history, literature and culture and their connection to contemporary social, political, literary and cultural developments.
Students learn to critically analyse American historical and literary texts and their context, and conduct independent multidisciplinary research. Opportunities are provided for students to broaden their knowledge and world experience by participating in an exchange programme at a top North American university.

study abroad
Students are allowed to replace one elective course by an internship; it is also possible to study in the U.S. for a semester.
honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme of 15 ECs on top of the regular master's curriculum. The programme consists of training courses, seminars and a practical assignment.

Are you looking for an extra challenge in addition to your Leiden master's programme? Are you adventurous enough to look beyond the borders of your own master's programme? The Leiden Leadership Programme may be just what you are looking for.

The programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You will follow seminars and courses, as well as carrying out a practical assignment for a company or organisation as part of a small, multidisciplinary team. Your lecturers will be leading academics and experienced professionals from the business sector.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2018
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500

1 februari 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2018
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

aanvullende vakeisen
Applicants should have completed courses worth at least 30 EC in the field of American Studies.

Comparable qualities in the field of knowledge, understanding and skills with those acquired upon graduating from the bachelor's programme History from Leiden University with an (official) specialisation in American History.

A bachelor's degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor's degree in American Studies, or in the field of Humanities or Social Sciences.

inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


33 studenten volgen deze opleiding
61% daarvan is vrouw
1 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
100% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Alexcia Cleveland
Alexcia Cleveland - Student Testimonial North American Studies Leiden University

While searching for a Master's programme I knew that I wanted to study America, but I was not sure which track I wanted to take. Although I loved to study American history, I thought that it was equally important to be informed on contemporary issues. Finally, I found a program that addressed both...
Not only is there a diverse faculty, but the students themselves come from all over the place with each one possessing unique insights. This has allowed for many spirited discussions both inside and outside of the classroom and I could hardly ask for brighter, kinder, more passionate people to learn with.

An outsider's perspective
Working in policy is my dream career field. I love my community and country and want to help implement changes that will benefit society as a whole. By taking my studies abroad I have been able to take a step back and gain an outsider's perspective on challenges faced back home. This fuller understanding of the bigger picture will be invaluable for thinking up new ways to solve old problems.

lees verder ...
Prof. Adam Fairclough
Testimonial Prof. Adam Fairclough

“We study America's history in light of its commitment to core values.”

“During its first hundred years as a nation, the United States expanded from the Atlantic to the Pacific, attracted millions of European immigrants, and developed the world's most productive economy. In the twentieth century it became a global superpower with a vast, informal empire and far-reaching cultural influence.

This course studies America's history in light of its commitment to core values such as republicanism, individual freedom, and private enterprise...
Some students enhance their research by spending an additional semester at a university in the United States.

In 2012-2013 students in the M.A. programme in North American Studies, wrote theses on subjects such as the history of filibustering in the U.S. Congress, the representation of African American history in American museums and memorial sites, Pearl Jam's troubled relationship with the American South, the politics of food practices in (post-)civil rights era Southern literature, and hip-hop music and the Rodney King uprisings. During the past five years Leiden students have twice won the Theodore Roosevelt Association History Award for the best M.A. thesis in American History written in the Netherlands.”

lees verder ...


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1/6 Universiteit Leiden
North American Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
1 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
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2/6 RUG
American Studies
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€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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3/6 RUG
Noord-Amerika Studies
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€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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4/6 Radboud Universiteit
Literatures and Cultures of North America in International Perspective
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
2 eerstejaars
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5/6 Radboud Universiteit
Politics, Culture and Society
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
2 eerstejaars
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6/6 Radboud Universiteit
North American Studies
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
algemeen oordeel4.34.0
De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

North American Studies aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 16 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The MA North American Studies programme prepares students for a wide range of careers in which well-developed analytical skills or specialised knowledge of U.S. history, literature, politics, and culture are valued.
Leiden University Humanities graduates do very well in the international job market. A master's degree enhances the career prospects of all bachelor's graduates, as does relevant work experience during their studies and choosing their electives strategically.

The MA in North American Studies offers excellent preparation for students seeking a profession that requires advanced analytical skills and specialised knowledge of U.S. history, literature, politics, and culture. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in research and in public, private and non-profit organisations.

Some positions held by our graduates include:

  • Owner of a publishing house
  • Teacher of English at a secondary school
  • Functional applications manager at a government organisation
  • Communications officer
  • Freelance writer and researcher
  • Assistant conference manager at a company specialising in data analysis
  • Editor at an academic publishing house
  • Product manager at a software company


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