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Graduate Studies


The Master of Arts degree in American Studies, which began in the Fall 2013 semester, is a 35 credit-hour program made up of 20 hours of core coursework in research, methodology, leadership, and regional history/issues and 15 hours of electives. American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree with coursework coming from the fields of agriculture, education, English, history, mass communication, political science, and sociology.


Student Learning Outcomes

SLO 1 - Students will explore and interpret the American experience from an interdisciplinary perspective that encompasses the fields of agriculture, history, political science, English, sociology, mass communication, and/or education.

SLO 2 - Students will develop research skills and theoretical methodologies through which they will foster an integrative approach to learning about American culture and society, both past and present.

SLO 3 - Students will gain intimate knowledge of northwestern Oklahoma and the American West through which they will learn about the culture of the United States, understanding the diverse ways in which regional issues affect the national culture and vice versa.

SLO 4 - Students will strengthen their critical thinking skills through extensive writing, reading, research, and communication with peers, faculty, and community members.

SLO 5 - Students will initiate, develop, and carry out independent enquiry that will allow them to energize the region culturally and economically through leadership positions.

SLO 6 - Students will prepare for a wide range of employment opportunities by developing knowledge, skills, attitudes, and ethics that can be applied to work in schools, junior colleges, archives, museums, galleries, media organizations, and governmental, commercial, and cultural agencies.

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