In 2019, YSU received a grant from the Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia to develop a master’s program in American Studies and establish an American Studies Center. YSU partnered with Arizona State University for the implementation of this program.
The American Studies Center will serve as a hub for research and exchange of ideas about the U.S. policies and society. The master’s program welcomed its new cohort of students in September 2021.
“This graduate program will provide the opportunity for Armenian students to study various aspects of U.S. society, politics, diplomacy, and economics here in Armenia. In doing so, they will better equip themselves with the skills necessary to understand and explain our policies and society to Armenian audiences,” said Ambassador Tracy.
YSU Acting Rector Hovhannes Hovhannisyan and US Ambassador Tracey praised the cooperation between the two institutions and expressed hope that it will give an opportunity to implement new projects and programs.
Alexander Margarov, head of the American Research Program, told us that the program is interdisciplinary, offering a comprehensive approach to US research, providing not only knowledge of different processes in the country, but also the context that is important for understanding them.