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Masters in the Study of the Americas-Graduate

Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education

Masters in the Study of the Americas-Graduate

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Mission of the MA in the Study of the Americas

The mission of the Master of Arts in the Study of the Americas at the City College of New York is to offer students a liberal arts degree, in step with the most cutting-edge trends in interdisciplinary education. The program seeks to address new questions and concepts about the Americas as it focuses on topics such as: racial and ethnic identities, migration and immigration, popular culture, politics, gender relations, and human rights. One of the practical goals of our program is to nourish a collaborative space within which students may develop their intellectual engagement, applying diverse and myriad disciplinary approaches to investigate the intersection between education, policy, government, society, history, culture, and the arts.

For students who already have careers, we offer a scholarly space in which they may engage their current professional responsibilities and interests using theoretical frameworks. For students who are preparing for a first career or career change, our program offers varying perspectives from which to explore potential paths. A second concrete objective of our program is to provide students with a rigorous, well-defined curriculum that grounds students in an interdisciplinary perspective, but one that also allows them to explore more individual interests. Our 30-credit program allows students, with approval, to take up to three 3-credit courses at another division within the City College or at another CUNY campus, or even benefit from the study abroad programs whose content areas complement that of the MA in the Study of the Americas. 

Enrollment and Graduates' Success

Thanks to the degree, our graduates are excelling in their next steps in their intellectual and professional pursuits. Our first graduate, Cristian Santana, went on to an internship at the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations. Brian Easy, after graduating in May 2013, was promoted from Branch Manager for the Westchester/Crosby branch at Citi to Global Business Trainer, VP, with a specialty in the Americas. Nelson Santana, who graduated in February 2013, received the Dean's Fellowship at Drexel University to pursue a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, one of the top programs in the country for library science. Bonnie Ip, a September 2012 graduate, is currently pursuing a degree at the New School for Social Research. Lara Rodriguez is pursuing an MA in our program, as well as an MA in Anthropology at Hunter College. 

M.A. Directors

2015 - 2016 - Alessandra Benedicty Ph.D.

2014 - 2015 - Carlos Aguasaco Ph.D.

2012 - 2014 - Alessandra Benedicty Ph.D.

2011 - 2012 - Marlene Clark Ph.D.

2009 - 2010 - Irina Carlota Silber Ph.D.