American & New England Studies

The Graduate Program

The graduate program draws on the faculty of several departments to offer a diversified curriculum in American cultural studies. At the core is the faculty’s commitment to grasping American historical culture, with a focus on the form and content of a wide range of American experiences.

The program is especially strong in social, cultural, and intellectual history; in literary history and theory; in American painting, architecture, and decorative art, including the vernacular tradition; and in material culture and historic preservation. A student’s individual graduate program may include study with faculty not only from history, English, and history of art and architecture, but also from anthropology, archaeology, economics, philosophy, political science, theological and religious studies, sociology, urban affairs, African American studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, as well as from the School of Law, College of Communication (including film studies), and School of Management. Though the program’s focus is national, students specializing in the study of New England have access to many local resources.

Two separate but related master’s degree programs are the MA in preservation studies and the joint JD/MA in law and preservation studies. Each degree program has a selective admissions policy, and each offers students the possibility of serving as interns in museums and historical agencies. The program is closely affiliated with several of the major museums and historical agencies in New England.

Further information is available from the program office, 226 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215; 617-353-2948; fax: 617-353-2556; email:; American & New England Studies Program website at