Combined BA/MA in American Studies
By March 1st of their junior year, undergraduate majors may apply to the BA/MA program in American Studies by taking the GRE exam and completing the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Program Admissions Application. Applicants to the BA/MA program may choose between two different concentrations: General Studies or Historic Preservation.
BA degree requirements (120 credits)
MA degree requirements (30 credits for the General Studies; 36 credits for Historic Preservation).
The completion of these requirements will be expedited by allowing students to double-count some graduate coursework toward both the BA and the MA degrees. BA/MA students in the General Studies track may take 6 credits of graduate coursework (2 courses) during the undergraduate degree which will be counted toward both the BA and the MA degrees, while BA/MA students in Historic Preservation may double-count 9 credits of graduate coursework (3 courses) toward both degrees.
Once the student has completed the BA, s/he then completes the remaining coursework required for the MA: 24 additional credits (8 courses) for the General Studies focus and 27 additional credits (9 courses) for concentration in Historic Preservation. These credits are usually completed by taking one full-time year of graduate coursework (at 3 courses per semester), plus additional summer courses after the senior year and/or the first year of full-time graduate study.