The North American Studies course is multidisciplinary: a total of six disciplines - history, cultural studies, literary studies, political science, sociology and economics - impart specialist knowledge of the United States and Canada and allow students to gradually specialize and deepen their knowledge by choosing specialization subjects. The professional perspectives are supplemented by interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary courses - in the basic area, but also advanced, e.g. in regularly offered interdisciplinary lecture series.

This disciplinary and interdisciplinary study in North America is supplemented by practical language training in oral skills, writing skills and mediating skills. This practical language training should enable the students to actively participate in the courses, which are predominantly held in English, to work on the foreign-language literature, to conduct examination interviews in English and to write papers in English.

A subject-related study abroad period of at least one semester, which is completed by the majority of students in the United States or Canada, is mandatory for the degree program.

The 30 CP module offering does not cover the entire subject of the course (see course structure).

Program Structure

North American studies are combined as 30 CP modules with a suitable 120 CP core subject or a 90 CP core subject and a further 30 CP module offer.

In the chosen core subject, at the end of the course there is an exemplary deepening and differentiation of a field of study through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. Aims, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in a separate ABV study and examination regulations.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

North American studies as a 30 CP module offer


module Understanding North America (UNA)

Disciplinary advanced modules
One disciplinary advanced module each from the two main areas chosen (history, culture, literature, politics, sociology and / or economics)

module Disciplinary advanced module history
module Disciplinary advanced module culture
module Disciplinary advanced module literature
module Disciplinary advanced module in politics
module Disciplinary advanced module sociology
module Disciplinary advanced module economics

Additional entry requirements

English test (level C1 GER)

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. If North American studies are studied as a module offer as part of a combined bachelor's degree program, the selected 120 CP core subject usually shapes the professional qualification.

The bachelor's degree in North American Studies provides the practical and scientific basis for later professional activity in the private sector, public administration and science with an Anglo-American connection, in particular in the following areas:

Politics and political advice, business and economic advice, foreign service and international organizations, non-governmental organizations, media and cultural institutions, state and municipal planning and administration, adult education and further training, publishing and libraries as well as university and non-university scientific institutions.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for managerial positions or employment in research and teaching.

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