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.

I’ve always been passionate about America and exploring its role in the world and an American Studies honours year allowed me to delve even deeper. At the USSC, I know I can pursue my interest surrounded by a world-class community of students and academics.Jay Ng

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.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements can be found on the University of Sydney Honours page. Requirements for the degree and the units of study can be found in the American Studies handbook.

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.

Honours coordinator

If you are interested in honours in American Studies, please contact Dr Rodney Taveira to discuss your candidacy.

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