Upon completing a Bachelor’s degree, students can pursue a year-long research program that involves the production of an 18,000-20,000 word thesis.
This can be a capstone to your pursuit of American Studies at the undergraduate level, giving you an edge on other graduates with your level of expertise in a specific area of enquiry. In addition, this also acts as a significant independent project to prepare graduates for the workforce, as the autonomous pursuit of information and personal setting of targets and goals makes the transition to project-based work easier. Honours in the first or second class is also a great pathway to PhD research.
Our previous honours students have researched such diverse subjects as the Women’s National Basketball Association, political memes, Hollywood bromances, race and fashion, religion and US foreign policy, and American exceptionalism.
If you commenced your degree prior to 2018: Admission to honours requires a major in American Studies with an average of 70% or above or approval of the Program Coordinator.
If you commenced your degree in or after 2018:
Requirements and units of study for honours can be found on the American Studies handbook page.
The deadline to apply to Honours is usually 30 November of the preceding year. This year, due to COVID-19 related barrier, the deadline has been extended to 31 January, 2021.
We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.
More information about the program is available on the University of Sydney website.
If you are interested in honours in American Studies, please contact Dr Aaron Nyerges to discuss your candidacy.