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American Studies

FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES AND EDUCATION

Program Description

American Studies, only English program in Georgia, is a multidisciplinary academic doctoral program designed to explore the U.S. from different angles through concentration on courses: XX Century American Literature, XX Century American Political History, American Ethnicity. In Georgia this is the only American Studies program where courses are conducted in English and dissertation is written and defended in English.
The civil rights movement of 60s in the U.S, Vietnam War, Women’s Rights movement causing cultural tension of Americans caused changes in American Studies field, which violated the disciplinary borders and gave way to multidisciplinary and simultaneously interdisciplinary program. Therefore, the American Studies program at IBSU is multidisciplinary and simultaneously interdisciplinary.

Program Advantages

The doctoral program’s curriculum should engage students in a deeper and more thorough examination of fundamental concepts, discussed at B.A. & M.A. levels, describing different aspects of American life, and better understand the development of superpower. The program is designed for students who intend to process theoretical material concerning the past and present of American Culture and conduct serious research in the professional sphere. The multidisciplinary courses will serve as opportunity for dissertation topic selection.
The uniqueness of the program implies multidisciplinarity – giving chance to doctorates choose the dissertation topic from the American Studies diverse fields: American History, Culture, Media, Geography, Politics, Education, Ethnicity, Multicultural Studies, Po Culture, Women’s Studies, etc. Therefore, the doctoral dissertations written in English are singled out with diversity of topics and high standards, due to the obligatory requirement of the program to appoint either the American co-supervisor, or the opponent for the doctorate.
The program has already educated twelve doctors in American Studies, who are delivering courses in BA, MA, PhD programs in the capacity of professors. The program has been highly evaluated by the outstanding American professors – founders of the American Studies programs: Bernard Mergen, Robert Gross, Bruce Arnold, Joachim Faust.

Admission to the Program 

A Person is Admitted to the Programme if

  1. Program admission precondition: In accordance with the rules established by the legislation of Georgia, the program candidate must have a master’s degree or an equivalent academic degree. Candidate must have English language level C1, which is certified by one of the international certificates or a master’s degree in English. Candidate can pass a relevant level exam at IBSU. According to the university rules, PhD candidates must submit a research proposal that meets the requirements of the program outlined by the program supervisor and the commission of least 3 members of the dissertation field board and to conduct an interview / oral presentation before the same commission.
  2. If the certificate / exam does not confirm the C1 level English but the candidate’s English proficiency can be assessed as higher than B2 level and the candidate demonstrates a high level of English proficiency when discussing a research plan that meets the requirements confirmed by at least 3 field board members, as an exception, the candidate may be permitted to pass an oral interview in English language and in case of a positive evaluation be admitted to the program.

Admission of International Students:
www.iro.ibsu.edu.ge
Language of Instruction: English
Programme Duration: 3 years 180 ECTS
Awarded Qualification: Doctor of American Studies
Tuition Fee for Georgian Citizens: 3540 GEL
Tuition Fee for International Students: 7800 GEL

Discounts

  1. -15% Siblings;

Contact Information

  1. Graduate School
  2. E-Mail:  graduateschool@ibsu.edu.ge
  3. Tel: (+995 32) 2595005/06/07 (147)
  4. Program Coordinator: Prof.Dr.  Tamar Shioshvili