The Master Program in American Studies is the foremost American Studies program in Belgium, jointly offered by the universities of Antwerp, Brussels, Louvain and Ghent, which directs the Program.
The United States is a nation-state of staggering scale, complexity and diversity. Internationally, it continues to be the largest economic and military power; one of the world’s most robust and enduring democracies, an exceptional place of literary, political, cultural and artistic creation; an amalgam of racial, ethnic, religious, regional and gendered identities; the pre-eminent actor in geopolitics past and present.
Grasping, intellectually, such far-reaching areas of research requires multiple academic perspectives and a clear organizing principle. Our location at the heart of Europe makes it a logical choice to adopt a transatlantic angle that helps students gain a comparative understanding of this fascinating and often paradoxical nation from a variety of cross-fertilizing disciplines. Students will learn to critically engage and contextualize the ideas, events and actions that involve the U.S., thus maximizing employment prospects in journalism, diplomacy, politics, cultural affairs, higher education and commerce at large.