American Studies

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
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From #NeverAgain to Neverland Ranch, from The War of the Worlds to the War on Terror, from “Clean Coal” to Clean Eating—movements, policies, and products “made in America” shape the modern world.

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diplomaBA American Studies
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.

Why study American Studies at RUG?

♦ Relevant – approach current events, culture, and debates with critical insight and historical perspective

♦ Global - hone your English language skills in courses with internationally- renowned faculty; study abroad at partner universities in the US, Latin America, or Canada

♦ Flexible - specialize your studies to fit your interests—be they media, politics, history, or international relations

♦ Applicable - build your portfolio of professional skills—including English, writing, critical thinking, and research—to set yourself apart in your future career

What can you do with a degree in American Studies?

The breadth and diversity of our program equip you for a wide range of careers and further opportunities for study. Graduates find employment in fields such as politics and government, media and journalism, business, education, and the creative and cultural industries. After their study is complete, many students enroll directly in the MA program in American Studies. The BA program is also excellent preparation for various other master’s programs in the humanities and social sciences.

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

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  • The only complete Bachelor program in American Studies in The Netherlands
  • A truly interdisciplinary approach to the Americas
  • A supportive, challenging, and international learning environment
  • Consistently ranks highly in national quality assurance assessments
  • Entirely taught in English by experienced international faculty
  • Possibility to study abroad in the U.S.
  • Career preparation with a wide range of transferable skills
  • Groningen is an energetic, safe and affordable student city

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To view a listing of the Bachelor program course descriptions, please visit
N.B. Second and third year courses might change during the academic year. Please check our website regularly for updates.

1e jaar The first year will introduce you to multiple aspects of recent and contemporary American society, including its cultural and political history, race and gender relations, points of intersection with various Latin American nations, and market economy.
Theories of Culture I: Race, Class and Gender
10 EC
The Americas I: The American Century and Beyond
10 EC
Rhetoric and Composition I
10 EC
North & South Americans
10 EC
The Americas II: New Frontiers
10 EC
Special Topics I
10 EC
2e jaar During the second year, you will continue your interdisciplinary coursework in early American history and culture as well as begin to explore the media landscape of the Americas through the study of Media Theory and Popular Culture. You will demonstrate your increased theoretical and practical knowledge by combining what you have learned from the first year with your own thoughts and research.
The Americas III: From Exploration to Early Republic
10 EC
Rhetoric and Composition II
10 EC
Global USA: Business, Work, and Wealth keuzevak
10 EC
Media Specialization keuzevak
10 EC
Theories of Culture II: Media and Popular Culture
10 EC
Special Topics II
10 EC
3e jaar The third year of the Bachelor program will consist of advanced-level courses and a research seminar. More importantly, in the first semester of the third year, selected students will have an opportunity to pursue a cross-cultural experience by studying abroad for a semester at one of our exchange partner universities in the U.S. This is your chance to fully explore the country and culture which you have been studying – a life-changing experience for students, both academically and personally!
30 EC
BA Research Seminar
10 EC
Theories of Culture III: Consumer Nation
10 EC
BA Thesis
10 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, an At work in the Netherlands Minor, a University Minor or a Faculty Minor. Use the link above to find out more about the content of these Minors.


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 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 2018

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060 (€1030 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8300

1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 8450
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8900

toelaatbare profielen
VWO C&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO E&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Gtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Ttoelaatbaar
hbo-pAdditional requirements 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). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components)

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
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.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


158 studenten volgen deze opleiding
53% daarvan is vrouw
26 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
65% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


E Pluribus Unum
EPU, or E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many One) is the study association for American Studies students.
Its goal is to unite the American Studies students of all years. To do so, EPU also organizes lectures, trips and other activities. Some examples are the American Studies introduction camp, a real thanksgiving dinner and a monthly social drink. EPU also publishes a paper called the American Studies Herald.

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

Student Ambassador Megan Maartens
What I really enjoy is that we are well taught in academic writing, which, in combination with the other knowledge I acquire during this study, will greatly improve my perspective on the world.

About MeganMy name is Megan Maartens and I am a second-year bachelor American Studies student. Before I started American Studies, I took a gap year during which I worked as student-assistant at the Amsterdam University of Applied sciences, took the pre-course for the school of music in Amsterdam, and traveled through New Zealand for three months. After half a year I was eager to study again, so I decided to move to Groningen and study American Studies...
The first time I went to the U.S., I was impressed by how different its culture was from the Netherlands. As I grew older and went there more regularly, I started noticing the cultural differences. My social media was flooded with news about cultural events but also social issues. I had no idea how to process this information until I found American Studies. The study teaches me how current social problems came to be, but also how that particular U.S. culture has emerged in the first place. One other aspect I really enjoy is that we are well taught in academic writing, which, in combination with the other knowledge I acquire during this study, will greatly improve my perspective on the world.Read more about Megan Maartens and why she chose to study American Studies in Groningen!

Questions? Send Megan an e-mail!

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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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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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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 transferrable 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.

lees verder ...

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2017
algemeen oordeel4.04.0
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.

American Studies aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 78 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.0 uit 5.
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
student tevredenheid 4.1 4.1
aantal eerstejaars 41 42
ervaren contacttijd per week 6-12 12-18
doorstroom naar tweede jaar 61% 73%
diploma binnen 4 jaar 30% 58%
werk op niveau in 1,5 jaar

Studie in cijfers

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Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The program's interdisciplinary curriculum and specializations gives you ample opportunity to find out what topics interest you most and what areas of employment you wish to explore. Pursuing an internship while in the program is a great way to gain experience in the field prior to seeking full-time employment. As an American Studies graduate, you will gain competency in a broad range of transferable skills which will diversify your career prospects.

Your expertise in the US economic, political, cultural, commercial and social domains, coupled with your highly proficient English communication skills and cultural adaptability through your study abroad experience, will set you apart from other job candidates.

Students seeking job opportunities or internships are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts Mobility Office for assistance. The Mobility Office informs about placement possibilities and regulations, guides students in finding placements, organises information meetings, mediates in placement vacancies, and takes care of all formal organisational aspects. To learn more, visit their website at Mobility Office.

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Potentiële beroepen


Interested in marketing or international business? Then consider utilizing your knowledge of U.S. economic, cultural and commercial policies and practices by assisting U.S. and European companies seeking to expand into the Dutch, European, and U.S. markets.

culture and arts

Working at institutions of secondary and higher education is another great option as a number of our graduates have taught English or History. Several American Studies graduates also wish to continue their studies by completing their Master's degree and pursuing a PhD degree, either in The Netherlands, the UK or the US.

public sector
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Student Ambassador Megan Maartens

Student Ambassador


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