The two-year master‘s program in American Studies offers a comprehensive range of courses on US-American literature, history, and cultural and media studies. Conceptually, the program combines current research and teaching as well as diverse forms of self-study and academic training.
The program aims at fostering the skills relevant to both academic and professional life.
The program offers three complementary areas of study and research. “American Literature and Literary Criticism” covers American literature in the broadest sense and the practice of critical analysis. It deals with the reading and being read of the United States through diverse types of text. “American Culture and Cultural Studies” examines media such as films or images in terms of their cultural significance.
The program’s third area, “American History and Society”, looks at transitions in American society and politics with the examination and evaluation of historical sources.
Combined, these research fields facilitate a critical approach towards the nation, the cultural sphere, and the aestheticized and mediatized conceptualizations of what is known as the “USA”.
Graduates develop a comprehensive understanding of the terminologies, peculiarities, frontiers and academic discourses of American Studies. Dynamic educational concepts such as “learning and teaching through research” encourage and enable students to engage in autonomous and creative scholarships. Thus the MA American Studies program prepares not only for a Ph. D. and an academic career but also enables graduates to pursue occupations in areas such as publishing, media, politics and public relations.
Bachelor’s degree in American Studies or related subject (e.g. English, Cultural Studies, history)
If applicants do not hold a bachelor’s degree in American Studies, they are required to have
a) successfully completed at least 4 courses that focused on the literature, culture, and/or history of the United States. If applicants’ transcripts do not indicate which courses concentrated on the United States, they should enclose copies of relevant course syllabi
b) considerable knowledge of major methodological approaches utilized in literary and cultural studies. Applicants are advised to enclose course syllabi that indicate what types of methodologies were studied.
The admissions committee may admit exceptional applicants who do not fulfil above-mentioned requirements on the condition that they complete additional coursework during the first year of the master’s program.
Proof of English language skills by certificates or another equivalent form of proof recognized by the examination office (C1), e.g. TOEFL (internet-based: 110 points; computer-based: 270 points; paper-based: 637 points) or IELTS (overall score 7.0).
If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree. This provisional certificate must be issued by an office, authorized to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. Provisional admission is valid for 6 months.
Mode of admission
Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.
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Last updated January 18, 2018