The American studies master’s program prepares students to thrive in diverse settings—museums and archives, educational institutions; governmental and public policy agencies; and Ph.D. programs in myriad fields related to American studies. Experiential learning is embedded in courses such as Museum Studies (AMST 480), Public Heritage Practices (AMST 482), and Public Heritage (AMST 550). Students frequently undertake internships at museums, archives, and governmental organizations to expand their experiences and hone career choices. Many M.A. students elect to complete the Graduate Certificate in Public Heritage and Museum Practice or the Graduate Certificate in Folklore and Ethnography.
American studies graduate courses allow students to focus on a broad range of interests and specialties. All students take AMST 500, which offers advanced preparation in American studies theories and methods, and AMST 591, which prepares students to devise, research, and write their final project or thesis. Wide-ranging courses include American Civilization in the Twentieth Century (AMST 535) and Material Culture and Folklife (AMST 531). Students may take up to 12 credits of 400-level courses, providing further focus and breadth to their studies. Throughout their time at Penn State Harrisburg, students work closely with faculty members to identify, research, and complete their culminating work, a master's project or thesis (AMST 580).
For course descriptions and requirements, see the University Bulletin.