American Studies

Zooming in on a fascinating culture in an international classroom

American literature and history

The minor American Studies provides you with an exciting mix of courses on American literature and history. It is aimed at students with a broad interest in American history, literature, and culture, or students who wish to understand this complex country better, Yet it offers a more interdisciplinary approach, combining various academic fields. It also zeros in at specific regions, genres or themes, in an effort to make sense of this always captivating and sometimes baffling culture.

Each course focuses on a section of American history and culture.

Period 1
Introduction to American Studies
Social History of the United States
Transatlantic Travel Writing

Period 2
American Film: Cinematic Representations of the 'Other'
American Literature: 1914-present
Transatlantic Connections

All VU-students and those from other universities are eligible to take this minor. We especially welcome students from different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds.

Foreign students: see the website Semester in Amsterdam.

More information about Admission and Registration (Dutch: Aanmelden voor een minor).

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact:

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Dr. Wybren Verstegen
T: +31 20 59 86355

Samenvatting American Studies




1 semester (30 EC)


September 1st


Kunst, Cultuur en Geschiedenis
Talen en Communicatie