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North American Studies

North American Studies
(Master of Arts)

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Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semestes
Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Primary Language of Instruction
English
Language Requirements
English C1
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Admission
Restricted admission
International

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The research oriented international master program North American Studies invites advanced students to develop a research profile in North American culture, literature, and media. The program situates itself in the tradition of interdisciplinary American Studies, combining literary, cultural, historical and social studies.

Areas of Focus

  • American Studies
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies and Media History
  • Gender and Queer Studies
  • Transnational Literatures and Globalization
  • Popular Culture Studies
  • Postcolonial and Diaspora Studies
  • Studies of Digital Cultures
Course Content

The program of North American Studies approaches the cultures of North America with a close focus on their political and social contexts and in historical differenciation. Possible topics of classes: Colonial Power Relations, Nineteenth Century Gender Ideologies, Cultures of Slavery, Periodical Culture Studies, Film Remakes, Superhero Comics, TV Studies, Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter, Asian American Studies, Studies of Indigeneity, Decolonial Theory, Queer Theory, Transnational Book Markets and much more.

The study program is complemented by project courses (independent studies), dedicated, e.g., to organizing a conference, creating a blog, or curating an exhibition. A stay abroad or internship is part of the program. The stay abroad can take the form of a research trip or participation in a summer school, for example.  

Recommended Abilities

• A clear interest in literary and cultural questions in the English-speaking world
• A love of literature and grappling with theoretical academic texts and their abstract contents
• Sound knowledge of the English language, minimum C1 CEFR (see Special Language Regulations)

Career Opportunities

With a Master’s degree, graduates are trained to take on key roles in cultural organisations and politics. Potential fields of employment include the media, journalism, publishing, public relations in international businesses, museums and cultural institutions, politics or higher education.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

For master's degree programes with restricted admission, places shall be allocated according to the university’s own selection procedure, if there are more applicants fulfilling the admission requirements than there are places available. The exact admission requirements for North American Studies (formerly "Advanced Anglophone Studies") can be found in the admission regulations and the special language regulations:

Application Deadlines

First-year students from Germany and the EU
  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester
First-year students from non-EU countries (application via uni-assist)
  • April 15th – May 31st of the year for the winter semester
  • October 15th – November 30th of the previous year for the summer semester
Students resuming their studies and transfer students from Germany and the EU (application in a higher semester)
  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester
Students resuming their studies and transfer students from non-EU countries (application in a higher semester)
  • April 15th – May 31st of the year for the winter semester
  • October 15th – November 30th of the previous year for the summer semester
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