2016-17 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2024  
2016-17 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

American Civilization and Culture

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School of Arts and Sciences
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Note: This program is for international students only.


As an international student who holds a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from a university outside the United States and who has a strong command of written and spoken English, you will gain advanced perspective and a solid foundation in the lifestyles, customs and traditions found across the United States when you choose the C.A.S. in American civilization and culture at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

With the guidance of a SUNY Cortland faculty advisor, you will design your 18-credit-hour graduate program in an approved interdisciplinary concentration such as American history or government, American social and economic history, American and English literature, American literature, American education or other American institutions. A diagnostic examination may be required, and the dean of your school must approve the specific course components of your program of study.

Culminating Experience

In addition to completing any additional requirements determined by the SUNY Cortland school where you are enrolled, you may be required to sit for a comprehensive examination.

Career Potential

When you successfully complete the C.A.S. program, you're well prepared to teach courses in American civilization and culture to students in your home country. You also may want to pursue work in international business that involves the United States.

Admission Requirements

You should present the following for enrollment in the program leading to the Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in American civilization and culture:

  1. B.A., B.S. or equivalent degree offered by a foreign university.
  2. Demonstrated command of written and spoken English as verified by the appropriate scores on the TOEFL Examination.

Apply for the C.A.S. in American civilization and culture.

Program Requirements

  1. A total of 18 hours of graduate course work.
  2. Twelve hours of an approved interdisciplinary concentration with a demonstrable coherence and direction such as:

    American History or Government
    American Social and Economic History
    American and English Literature
    American Literature
    Foundations of American Education
    American Institutions
  3. Six hours of graduate course electives in American civilization and culture to be selected in consultation with the advisor.
  4. At least six credit hours of course work at the 600-level.
  5. A minimum B (3.0) grade point average in courses taken to complete the program, with no grade below a C- counting toward certificate requirements.
  6. Additional requirements: You must meet any specific prerequisites for any course you wish to take or obtain special permission of the instructor and the department chair concerned. Special permission may require a diagnostic examination.

    The specific course components of your program of study must be approved by your faculty advisor and the dean of your school.

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