Program Introduction

The Graduate Program in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark was established with publicly-engaged scholarship at its heart. The program offers a PhD in American Studies, an MA with a concentration in Public Humanities, and an MA in American Studies. We admit approximately ten students annually. PhD students receive funding packages. MA students may be eligible for tuition remission. Our program is deeply engaged in issues of social justice, with particular strengths in race/ethnicity, Latinx studies, urban history, women's history, and LGBT history/history of sexuality. We are interested in training professionals who are able to use the humanities to address contemporary issues of critical concern. Students in the Public Humanities concentration take nonprofit management classes through our School of Public Affairs and Administration, preparing them for leadership roles in cultural and historical organizations.

Degrees Offered

  • Other

Program Strengths

  • Business
  • Digital Media
  • Historical Administration
  • Local/Community History
  • Oral History
  • Public Policy

Credit Hour Requirements

72 hours

How Many Students are Admitted Annually

PhD4

Financial Aid Available

Fellowships
Teaching, Research and Administrative Assistantships
Tuition waivers

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged through the program in consultation with the student. Internships earn 3 credits and are part of regular coursework. For students who are already working in the field, work experience can count for internship credit.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Apollo Theater Foundation
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Newark Public Library
  • Newark Museum
  • Newest Americans
  • Queer Newark Oral History Project

Job Placement Assistance

Faculty work closely with graduate students to prepare them for the job market. We offer workshops on finding jobs and publishing.

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years

  • City Museum of New York
  • Schools that Can Newark
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Newark Celebration 350
  • Montclair Historical Society

Financial Aid Available

Fellowships
Teaching, Research and Administrative Assistantships
Tuition waivers

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged through the program in consultation with the student. Internships earn 3 credits and are part of regular coursework. For students who are already working in the field, work experience can count for internship credit.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Apollo Theater Foundation
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Newark Public Library
  • Newark Museum
  • Newest Americans
  • Queer Newark Oral History Project

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years

  • City Museum of New York
  • Schools that Can Newark
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Newark Celebration 350
  • Montclair Historical Society

Credit Hour Requirements

30 hours

How Many Students are Admitted Annually

MA8

Financial Aid Available

Fellowships
Teaching, Research and Administrative Assistantships
Tuition waivers

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged through the program in consultation with the student. Internships earn 3 credits and are part of regular coursework. For students who are already working in the field, work experience can count for internship credit.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Apollo Theater Foundation
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Newark Public Library
  • Newark Museum
  • Newest Americans
  • Queer Newark Oral History Project

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years

  • City Museum of New York
  • Schools that Can Newark
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Newark Celebration 350
  • Montclair Historical Society