Study of Americas, Master of Arts

Fall Admissions Deadline: July 1st
Spring Admissions Deadline: December 10th

We offer three degrees: The MA in the Study of the Americas, The MA in the Study of the Americas: Dominican Studies Track, and the MA in the Study of the Americas: Human Rights Track. All three degrees ground students in a broad vision of the Americas while allowing them to explore more individual interests.  They combine a variety of perspectives, including literature, anthropology, history, philosophy, urban studies, cultural studies, film, and political science to subjects such as race, gender, human rights, contemporary politics, immigration, and popular culture. Our Dominican Studies Track offers the only post-graduate degree in Dominican Studies in the United States. Our Human Rights Track approaches the field from multiple disciplinary and thematic perspectives, allowing students to benefit from a range of human rights initiatives at CCNY.

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Innovative and Interdisciplinary program for a broad vision of the Americas: only here at ccny

We offer small classes with dedicated professors who are experts in their fields

Our Dominican Studies Track offers only post-graduate degree in Dominican Studies in US

Dominican Studies students benefit from the internationally renowned Dominican Studies Institute at CCNY.

We host a range of human rights initiatives, including  The Americas Film Festival of New York

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Student Info

The majority of our students work and attend school part-time. They are primarily students of color and international students, coming from disparate places, including China, Japan, Uzbekistan, and Estonia. They come from undergraduate majors as diverse as Black Studies, Film Studies, History, Political Science, English, and Sociology. Our alumni engage in a range of jobs including: teaching high school and community college, enroll in Ph.D. programs, non-profit and activist work.

Faculty Info

Our faculty members specialize in a range of disciplines: anthropology, economics, English, history, law, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban planning. They include: Carlos Aguasaco, an award winning poet who teaches courses about popular culture; Danielle Zach, a political scientist who hosts the Rights Talk podcast and spearheads a range of Human Rights initiatives at CUNY and CCNY;  and Kathlene McDonald, founder of The Labor of Care Archive: Narratives of Caregiving at CUNY, a storytelling and oral history project, where CUNY faculty, staff, and students share their stories about caregiving:

Curricular Innovation, Study of Americas

Curricular Innovation

We offer a truly interdisciplinary program which addresses new questions and concepts about the Americas. Recent courses include: Postcolonial Caribbean Thought and Aesthetics; Race and Nation in the Americas; Cultures of Surveillance; The Power of Place: Youth and the City; Women’s Revolutionary Fiction; War and Justice in the 21st Century (co-taught by Luis Moreno Ocampo, Former International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor); Cultures of Capital; Climate Change in Caribbean Art and Literature; Indigenous Visions; Forced Migrations; Dominican Fiction & Film of the 21st Century


Admissions Facts

Total Credits: 30

GRE Required: No

Minimum Language Test Scores: 500 (TOEFL PBT), 61 (TOEFL IBT), 6 (IELTS), 44 (PTE) or 85 (Duolingo)

Degree Awarded: M.A.

3 Possible Degree Options:

We offer two new additional tracks within the Program:

  1. Dominican Studies track
  2. Human Rights track
  3. Students wishing to do a general degree may still do so

Supporting Documents Required:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • 2 page Personal Statement

Program Advisor: Prof. Susanna Rosenbaum

For more information, please visit the Program Website.

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Last Updated: 03/01/2024 15:00