Ph.D. On Campus

American Studies

The University of Iowa

24 months
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The Doctor of Philosophy program in American Studies at The University of Iowa requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. Students may focus in American studies or choose the sport studies subprogram.


Students work with their faculty advisor to map out a coherent plan of study that reflects their particular interests. 

Students are permitted considerable flexibility in constructing their study plan, but they must meet certain basic requirements, which include foundation courses, area foundation courses, two interdisciplinary fields of concentration, a research skills course, elective coursework, and a dissertation.

The two fields of concentration may be defined to correspond with a student's strongest intellectual interests, but they must be interdisciplinary in concept and multidisciplinary in scope. 

Career Advancement

  • American studies students’ career goals are as varied as the topics they study. Even though the major does not have an explicit vocational goal, graduates are well prepared for careers in a wide range of areas, such as business, education, arts and museum administration, government, journalism, and social services.
  • The American Studies program at The University of Iowa also provides a good foundation for further graduate studies in the humanities, the social sciences, theology, and business as well as for professional studies in law or medicine.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interdisciplinary Research in American Studies
  • Critical Theories and Cultural Studies
  • Seminar in Sport History
  • Dissertation Writing Workshop

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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