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UNC-Chapel Hill Announces American Studies PhD Program

Tuesday, September 11, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Patricia Sawin
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The Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill proudly announces a new graduate program. We now offer a doctoral program in American Studies, which joins the long-standing MA program in Folklore.

In addition to a core strength in American cultural history and literature, our department features signature strengths in American Indian Studies, Southern Studies, International and Comparative American Studies, Folklore, and Digital Humanities. Our sixteen faculty members teach and work in an array of fields including American intellectual, social, and cultural history, foodways, material culture, popular and folk music, literary and film criticism, American religions, American Indian expressive culture, art and visual culture, vernacular architecture, popular culture, new media and public engagement, and culturally informed public policy.

Our graduate programs are designed for depth and breadth in American Studies and Folklore, and they competitively position our graduates for careers in a rapidly changing world of scholarly opportunities. Our emphasis is on the centrality of the interdisciplinary humanities for all aspects of intellectual and professional life.

UNC’s American Studies graduate program is described in detail on our website,

PhD students will prepare specializations in one major and one minor area. Folklorists please note that students may choose Folklore as either a major or minor area.

We are accepting applications for fall 2013. Please address questions to Professor Bernard Herman, Chair,, or to co-Directors of Graduate Studies Patricia Sawin,, and Joy Kasson,

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