MA in Intercultural Anglophone Studies

General

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Programme Description

Intercultural Anglophone Studies (MAIAS) is an innovative, research-oriented master’s program in English and American Studies. It enables in-depth and theoretically informed the study of the literature and cultures of the English-speaking world, and of linguistic phenomena of English in its varieties. A wide range of forms of cultural expression such as literature, film, theatre, music, and popular culture are addressed. This degree program promotes the analysis of complex issues in culture, literature and language – including inter- and transcultural issues – from various perspectives.

Areas of Emphasis

In Anglophone Literary Studies, the curriculum has the following research-based priorities: British, American and African literature and culture; postcolonial and diaspora studies; ecocriticism; gender studies; literature and media. Research-based studies in English Linguistics, in turn, extend to the following main areas: language, cognition, and culture; varieties of English in their cultural setting; corpus linguistics.

Student Exchange & Dual Degree Programs

The program offers several innovative dual degree options with leading institutions in their respective countries: with Shanghai International Studies University (PR China), with Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan), with the University of Chester (UK), and, for the field of linguistics, with Moscow City Pedagogical University (Rus). There are also opportunities to study for one semester at George Washington University (USA).

Fields of Employment

As the MAIAS program is geared toward advanced competencies and skills, students are well-prepared for careers and positions in the academic world, in business, or the increasingly important forums of cross-cultural exchange. In particular, they find attractive career options in research and teaching, media and journalism, publishing, new media, international cultural institutions, cultural management, intercultural consulting, service, and trade.

Academic Career

The program is designed to enable students to work independently toward research goals, to present their results coherently and effectively, and to critically evaluate scholarly contributions from other authors. After the successful completion of the master’s degree, students have the option to pursue a doctorate, for example, within the International doctoral program "Cultural Encounters" or the International Graduate School of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth.

Admission Requirements

Required entrance qualification:

  • BA Degree in English/American Studies or in a field related to English/American Studies, clearly above-average performance (equivalent to grade "good"), or an equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants must show a proven capacity for writing research-oriented papers of at least 10,000 words; they will be required to undertake a thesis of 23.000 to 30.000 words (ca. 70 pages) in length.
Last updated Apr. 2020

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