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American Studies Certificate Program

The Certificate in American Studies is available to all students matriculated in doctoral programs at the Graduate Center. Students do not necessarily have to be working toward the certificate to take courses offered by the American Studies Certificate Program.

The American Studies Certificate Program at the Graduate Center prepares students to teach and research in American studies by providing grounding in the genealogies, key questions, and research practices comprising the field.  Because American studies is a thoroughly interdisciplinary field, students in the certificate program gain experience and training in interdisciplinary methods.  Students and faculty from the Graduate Center’s Ph.D. programs participate in the certificate program, including those from Anthropology, Art History, Earth and Environmental Science, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre, and Urban Education.  Students enrolled in any of the Graduate Center’s doctoral programs are eligible for enrollment in the certificate program.  Upon graduation from their doctoral programs, students who have fulfilled the requirements receive a certificate in American studies from the American Students Certificate Program.

Resources for Research and Training

American Studies Certificate Program students have access to the rich and diverse resources available in New York City.  These include not only the New York Public Library, with its archival collections and dedicated branches like the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, but also the Morgan Library and Museum in near proximity, as well as access to the numerous major museums comprising New York City.  Faculty members teaching both at the Graduate Center and across the CUNY system also serve as vital resources for American studies students, representing as they do the enormous breadth and diversity of work unfolding within American studies. Students also have opportunity to engage scholars from both within and outside of the CUNY system through lectures, seminars, and other events regularly organized by the program.

Acting Coordinator

David Waldstreicher

Distinguished Professor
Graduate Center
Room 5114.09

Phone 212-817-8450


Eric Lott

The Graduate Center
Room 4409.01

Phone 212-817-8353

Assistant Program Officer

Rukshana Jalil

Assistant Program Officer
Graduate Center
Room 5110

Phone 212-817-8124