Graduate Program

A Graduate student participating in class.

The University of Iowa’s graduate program in American Studies--offering Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees--provides an interdisciplinary introduction to American culture and society, past and present.

Students acquire a broad familiarity with the dynamics of cultural experience and explore aspects of American life, including: popular and fine arts; institutions and social processes; artifacts; values, customs, and ideals; the everyday experience of Americans; regional, racial, ethnic, class, or gender identities; nature and culture; and sport and popular entertainment.

Courses and seminars in American Studies focus on significant cultural problems that traverse traditional departmental lines. The Department offers a sub-track specializing in Sport Studies.

Learn about the application process.

Email Nick Yablon, Director of Graduate Studies.

Following is a sampling of where our graduate students have ended up.

  • Alabama State University
  • Auburn University
  • Augustana College
  • Bard High School Early College
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Brucemore Mansion
  • Cal State-Fullerton
  • Capella University
  • Cedar Falls Historical Society
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Coe College
  • College du Leman
  • DePaul University
  • Dillard University
  • The Drawing Legion Arts Center
  • Duke University
  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Frostburg State University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Hampton University
  • Harvard University
  • HIstoric New England
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State Historical Society
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State Historical Museum
  • Kirkwood College
  • Laurel School
  • Macalester College
  • McKendree University
  • Messiah College
  • Miami University
  • Middlebury College
  • Minnesota State University
  • National Archives
  • Northland College
  • Ohio State University
  • Old Sturbridge Village
  • Oslo & Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
  • Portland State University
  • Princeton University
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rice University
  • Rockefeller Archive Center
  • Salisbury State University
  • Skidmore College
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Stanford University
  • Temple University
  • Texas Tech University
  • The Academy at Charlemont
  • Towson University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Dubuque
  • University of Florida
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Houston
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Univeristy of Oklahoma
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Presov
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Texas@Dallas
  • University of Utah
  • University of Wisconsin at Green Bay
  • University of Wisconsin at La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Wyoming
  • Valparaiso University
  • Wabah College
  • Wake Forest
  • Western Kentucky University

A number of our students have gone on to Fulbright appointments after finishing their degrees, including in Korea, France, Sweden, and Germany.