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Graduate Program

William & Mary's graduate program in American Studies offers a flexible, rigorous program in interdisciplinary scholarship on the United States and the Americas. By fostering a diverse and dynamic community that reaches across disciplinary boundaries into a range of departments, the program encourages students to develop intellectual resources that will sustain them in a wide variety of careers and avocations.

Graduate students work closely with their advisors to develop a program of courses and independent work that best reflects their interests, and best prepares them for original research and critical engagement with their fields. This individualized program, both coherent and flexible, draws on the specialties of the program's core faculty and on the broad resources of the university as a whole

Program faculty take seriously the professional development and eventual placement of their students. Graduates currently pursue careers in higher education - particularly in American Studies; Art History; English; History; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs - as well as in museums, publishing, journalism, public history, and other areas requiring a capacity for rigorous, interdisciplinary investigation.

Students can look forward to teaching as assistants in introductory American Studies courses and offering their own courses in American Studies; Africana Studies, Art and Art History, Asian, and Pacific Islander American Studies, English; History; and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.  The program also has developed assistantships with The William & Mary Quarterly, the Mariner’s Museum, the Sharpe Community Scholars Program, the Equality Lab, the St. Andrews Joint Degree Program, WMSURE, and other area museums and libraries. All of these positions offer extracurricular scholarly work, community engagement possibilities, and excellent preparation for future employment.

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