American Studies

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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How did Donald Trump become president of the United States? How did Nike sneakers become associated with "Black Lives Matter"? How did gun ownership become a central question of American politics? What do people really mean when they say gender is "performative"?

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

In American Studies, you’ll learn in depth about the popular culture, politics, history, literature, economics, race relations, and religions of the United States. And you’ll study the connections between the Americas and the wider world. American Studies is not only 'American' - its international scope and inter-American perspective prepare you to lead in the global future.

Our entire program is taught in English by top-notch international faculty who will help you get acquainted with a range of academic disciplines. With America as your case study, you’ll develop essential skills in writing, speaking, and research-skills that you can apply far beyond the analysis of U.S. culture and politics.

The United States was once considered “the land of the future” -today, it’s the oldest continuously- existing democracy. An American Studies degree will help you understand the high stakes of the debates that animate global political and social movements today, so you can be an informed citizen of your country and the world.

Waarom aan de RUG?

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  • Think Independently: American Studies at UG is the only program of its kind in the Netherlands. Because we're a freestanding program (not part of the History or English Departments), every course is designed to look at America from multiple angles. Faculty experts in fields like political history, literature and media, religious studies, and Latin American culture will help you to form your own views on America and the world.
  • Connect at University of Groningen: In our small seminars and close-knit intellectual community, you can learn and challenge yourself with the help of classmates, faculty, and our knowledgeable Study Advisor.
  • Connect Abroad: With our network of partner institutions, you can spend a semester working on your BA and experiencing American culture and politics first-hand in a U.S. city like Orlando or Charleston, or at a leading university in Canada or Mexico.


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opbouwN.B. Second and third year courses might change during the academic year. Please check our website regularly for updates.
1e jaar First year courses build a strong foundation in American culture and history, explore the relationship between the U.S. and the world, and prepare you to tackle college writing.
Theories of Culture I a/b: Race, Class and Gender
10 EC
Rhetoric and Composition I a/b
10 EC
The Americas I a/b: The American Century and Beyond
10 EC
North & South Americans
10 EC
The Americas II a/b: New Frontiers
10 EC
U.S. Political Culture
10 EC
2e jaar In the second year, you'll deepen your knowledge of history, politics, and culture, with additional freedom to choose courses that spark your interest.
The Americas III a/b: From Exploration to Early Republic
10 EC
Theories of Culture: Political Theory
5 EC
Rhetoric and Composition II: Constructing an Argument
5 EC
Theories of Culture II: Media Theory
5 EC
Rhetoric and Composition II: The Research Paper
5 EC
Global USA: Business, Work, and Wealth keuzevak
10 EC
Media Specialization keuzevak
10 EC
Special Topics (choose 4 courses of 5 EC each)
20 EC
3e jaar The third year consolidates your learning and prepares you for life beyond, whether in the workforce or a Master's program. In the fall, you can study abroad, take on a placement in the Career Minor, or take courses in another department by pursuing a Faculty or University Minor.
30 EC
Mobility, Migration, Transculturation
10 EC
BA Thesis
10 EC
Theories of Culture III: Consumer Nation
10 EC
Theories of Culture III: Sustainable World
5 EC


minor Minor

The fifth semester of your studies is dedicated to your Minor: a coherent set of future-oriented course units.

It prepares you for a follow-on Master's degree program or for entering the labour market. You can opt for a Career Minor, a Minor abroad, a University Minor or a Faculty Minor.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet60% zelfstudie
30% theorie
10% praktijk
case study, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, research project, project, internship, tutorial, self evaluation, self study
study guidance
If you have any questions about your studies, you may contact the American Studies academic advisor who can assist you with academic planning, university services, and other relevant matters. Students can schedule an appointment via the Office of Student Affairs or stop by during the advisor's weekly consultation hours to discuss a variety of academic issues.
study abroad
Study abroad: a minimum of 30 ECTS.

Studying abroad in the United States during the first semester of your third and final year is an asset to the American Studies experience at The University of Groningen. Selected students can enroll in a variety of courses of your choosing at one of our first-rated exchange partner institutions in the U.S.
This is your opportunity to experience first-hand everything you have studied in the classroom, a truly enriching opportunity for students, both academically and personally!

For more information regarding exchange locations, please visit the Department of American Studies website at

exchange programs
  • Uitwisselingsprogramma - USA
    Ball State University, Central Michigan University, College of Charleston, Eastern Michigan University
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

You will be offered study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.
You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.
N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

honours-/excellence program University of Groningen Honours College

The Honours College will give talented, motivated students the chance to be challenged even more by following Honours programmes and taking part in numerous other activities.

The Honours College comprises a broadening part and a deepening part and has a study load of 45 ECTS credit points besides the 180 ECTS credit points from your regular Bachelor programme.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
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toelaatbare profielen
VWO N&Taangevuld met If you have passed the VWO (pre-university education) exam in English, you satisfy the language requirement.
VWO N&Gaangevuld met If you have passed the VWO (pre-university education) exam in English, you satisfy the language requirement.
VWO E&Maangevuld met If you have passed the VWO (pre-university education) exam in English, you satisfy the language requirement.
VWO C&Maangevuld met If you have passed the VWO (pre-university education) exam in English, you satisfy the language requirement.
hbo-pLanguage requirement English: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale 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.

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Studenten en studentenleven


158 studenten volgen deze opleiding
53% daarvan is vrouw
26 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
65% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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E Pluribus Unum (EPU) is the study association for students who study American Studies. EPU's main goal is to unite all American Studies students, both from the Bachelor and Master programs. By doing so, the study association can represent the entire student body in their interests, and provide them with ample opportunities to expand those interests. EPU organizes a vast array of activities, ranging from monthly (themed) drinks to study trips abroad.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Meike Robaard
The program has changed my perspective on the world around me

What brought me to Groningen was both its atmosphere, which immediately made me feel at home, and the interdisciplinary program that American Studies offers. The program allows me to combine many of my interests, such as art, sociology, history and cultural theory. The courses challenge me to ask questions, be critical, and to think creatively. Through discussions with fellow students and instructors, lectures and readings, American Studies in many ways has changed my perspective on the world around me...
Studying American Studies has both deepened my understanding of phenomena, as well as broadened my horizon.

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Daniëlle Feiken
Plenty of ways to explore your interests

One of my favorite aspects of American Studies is the flexibility of the program. You can adapt the studies to your interests by choosing research subjects and elective courses...
For example, I am the chairwoman of the Academic Committee of our study association EPU. Together with three other students, I organize lectures, conferences, and career events. I also get to explore my interest in public speaking by giving presentations about my studies at high schools and Open Days of the university. These are all great ways to strengthen your skills, expand your social life, and make your student experience an unforgettable one!

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Kelly van Hienen
Since this studies is interdisciplinary it not only takes on history, but there are also classes on culture, media, and politics

About KellyHi! My name is Kelly van Hienen and I am in my third year of the Bachelor American Studies. I tried out a few different studies before I found my way to American Studies and, to this day, I am happy that I made the decision to go to the RUG as I feel very content here; both in the program and in Groningen. Next to my studies, I play lacrosse and I am also in the board of the association, I listen to music (a lot) and I love to watch series.
Why American Studies?Ever since I was a kid, everything about the United States amazed me...
The reason I chose American Studies was because I have many interests that usually do not match up in one study program. However, American Studies is interdisciplinary as it not only takes on history, but there are also classes on culture, media and politics. All this knowledge is used simultaneously when we have to write essays, which you will also learn how to do in the academic writing class. Just to give some examples, I wrote an essay on race in U.S. women's lacrosse and I wrote one on disability representation in an American TV show.The convincing factor for me was getting the chance to pursue so many of my interests in this program and being able to talk a lot about the United States.
Read more about Kelly van Hienen and why she chose to study American Studies in Groningen!

Questions? Send Kelly an e-mail!

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Robert Lagestee
I fell in love with the U.S. and its (political) culture

David Romkes
A variety of new ideas and theories

‘American Studies is being given a set of tools and finding out which one you can work with best. Because of its diverse and interdisciplinary program, American Studies presents its students a range of topics that require different methods to approach. By going through all the courses and exploring the different subjects, you will find what approach works best for you and what area of study you want to focus on...
You will find your tool and carve your own path.’

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Daniel John O'Neill
You do not pay for your degree; you are expected to earn it.

The choice to study in Groningen was not easy, but it was a decision that has changed my life and moulded me into an ambitious, active, and adaptable student. I wanted to experience something very different to what many of my peers would experience. I have developed into a more independent student and grown very mature at a young age through my time in Groningen.Academic and personal supports for international students at the University of Groningen have only developed and improved since I first arrived in 2012...
By paying considerably less tuition fees than the average university student in the United Kingdom, you will sometimes feel the pressures to give more of yourself in your studies, and you will soon realise why the University of Groningen remains one of the top universities in the world: do not let the relatively low grade admission requirements fool you. The dropout or failure rate in my course, for instance, is high. You do not pay for your degree; you are expected to earn it. In the long-term, however, this is hugely beneficial, and something that employers will greatly appreciate.Read more about Daniel and his student life in Groningen.

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Sean Beech
werkzaam als managing west Manchester's social housing stock bij government in Manchester
Vital skills and competences

After my graduation I decided to move back home to the UK and seek employment. Within a month of returning I was employed with the local government in Manchester as part of a large team responsible for managing west Manchester’s social housing stock. In my role I manage a team of 8 customer facing staff who offer advice and support on effectively managing their tenancies and providing advice on housing options. The transferable skills and generic competences I acquired during my studies have proven to be vital in making my career a success...
In the future I hope to complete a Master’s program at the University of Manchester and further develop my career in Britain’s social housing sector.

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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

American Studies aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 78 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.0 uit 5.

Na de studie

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As an American Studies BA student, you'll learn to

  • Stand for Something - Want to understand what's behind the news headlines? The program's thematic focus on the history, theory, and technologies of democracy will help you become an informed citizen of your country and the world.
  • Go Deep – Rigorous training in history and cultural analysis will help you approach real-world topics with critical insight and historical perspective.
  • Smash the “Thought Bubble” - The world doesn't stop at the borders of a university department, or behave according to the rules of a particular group--so our students learn to examine questions from every angle.
  • Write and Speak with Confidence - Our writing courses (Rhetoric & Composition I and II) will polish your English language skills, giving you the freedom to work in the Netherlands or internationally.
  • Make a Splash - Innovative classroom assignments let you engage with different audiences and platforms: record a TED talk, create a Tumblr site, write an editorial--it might even get published!
  • Join the Conversation - Top-notch international professors prepare you to engage in cutting edge research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our BA students have presented at local and international academic conferences, and recent graduates have gone on to PhD programs at Brown University and the University of Michigan.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Journalism and Media
Use your knowledge of U.S. history, culture, and politics to write for international media outlets, or build new platforms for new audiences.

Business and Banking
Your ability to think, write, and speak confidently in English, coupled with your deep knowledge of U.S. economic, cultural and commercial policies and practices, make you an asset to companies seeking to expand into the Dutch, European, and U.S. markets.

Arts and Culture
Your cross-cultural experiences and English skills can serve you well in roles like organizing cultural programs for a museum, guiding visitors for a travel organization, helping international workers integrate into the Netherlands, or launching your own cultural enterprise.

Government and the Public Sector
Your subject-matter expertise in U.S. socio-political affairs and strong English skills transfer readily to positions in local, national, and international governance. Consider working for an embassy, local or national government office, or NGO.

Communications and Public Relations
American Studies teaches you how to analyze difficult problems and craft a message that will speak to your audience--that’s what the fields of Communication and Public Relations are all about. Our graduates work in communications roles for businesses, governments, and non- profit organizations.

Management Consulting and Human Resources
Put your strong analytical, communication, and writing skills to use helping businesses and organizations assess internal challenges and manage change constructively.

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municipality spokesperson
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