American Studies in Advanced English

With over 325 million inhabitants, the United States has a diverse culture that is sometimes difficult to understand. The American Studies in Advanced English Minor programme is designed to broaden your cultural and historical understanding of the US.

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The programme consists of six interconnected courses, focusing on the political and geographical profile of the country, how history has shaped its culture and what binds and separates those millions of people in one of the most influential countries in the world.

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Start moment September
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code OA-MINAMERIK-16
Language of instruction English
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

With more than 325 million inhabitants from many backgrounds, the United States has a diverse culture that is sometimes challenging to comprehend. Therefore, the purpose of this minor is to increase your cultural and historical understanding of this vast and powerful nation. Given the fact that all classes and materials are in English, you have a chance to improve your proficiency in one of the world languages as well.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Tomas Pollard.

The programme consists of six courses, three per period.




Habits of the Heart

Core Values in American Life and Government



Cultural Identity in American Arts and Literature


Historical Backgrounds

American History to 1900


Postcards from America

American Political Geography


Change in America

Changes in the History of the United States after 1900


Culture Survey

Survey of Contemporary Culture


There are no additional requirements to enter this Minor programme.

English CEFR level B2.

Please note: You may ask to take a language assessment test before the start of the programme by contacting the coordinator. If your English language skills are below the required level, you may not be able to enter the course, as you need to be able to actively participate in (parts of) the programme. In all cases, the programme manager makes the final decision.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit our practical information page to help you prepare your stay. It is also important to start arranging a living space as soon as possible. Our housing pages will help you on your way. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

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Why choose HU?

  • An in-depth profile of the US

    This programme will give you a thorough analysis and understanding of how the United States of America came to be and how its culture developed over time, providing invaluable insights for those looking to work in America or with an American company.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

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