Honours

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 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 into 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.

Jay Ng
"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 US Studies Centre, I know I can pursue my interest surrounded by a world-class community of students and academics." Jay Ng

In order to enter, students must have:

  • Completed a major in American Studies
  • Completed their degree with an average WAM of 70

As part of the course, students will attend two seminars, one based in American Studies, and another based in one of the following areas (depending on their area of research):

  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Government and International Relations
  • History

For more information

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 Aaron Nyerges to discuss your candidacy.