Graduate Advising

To request information about the graduate program, please send an email message to Professor Dustin Abnet, Graduate Advisor:

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The CSUF American Studies masters degree consists of 30 units. Slightly more may be required of a student whose undergraduate major was in an unrelated field.

The M.A. Study Plan

  • 6 units of American Studies graduate core courses (AMST 501 and 502)
  • 12 units of elective courses in American Studies (400 or 500-level courses)
  • 6 units of graduate seminars in related fields (500-level courses taken in a department or departments outside of American Studies)
  • 3 units in a "skill elective," fulfilled via a teaching tutorial (AMST 596), an internship (AMST 595), or a practial skill course taken at the 400 or 500-level
  • 3 units for the exit option, which may be either a master's thesis or a comprehensive exam 

The general objective of the American Studies graduate program is to provide advanced training in the interdisciplinary analysis of American culture as a complex whole in the past and present.

Major emphases in Cal State Fullerton's American Studies M.A. Program

  • Our graduate program is grounded in a thorough understanding of the concept of culture. It emphasizes cultural pluralism, examining the creative tension between unity and diversity in the American experience.
  • It is self-consciously interdisciplinary, requiring graduate students to integrate knowledge from the humanities and social sciences.
  • It emphasizes the process of historical change, compelling students to trace the past sources of contemporary issues.
  • It develops advanced research, writing and analytical skills. Through course work, consultation with faculty, and writing a thesis or comprehensive exam, graduate students become familiar with the theories and methods of American culture studies.