The North American Studies program provides expertise on the United States and Canada in six disciplines - history, cultural studies, literary studies, political science, sociology, and economics. Students choose three of the above-mentioned disciplines for the subject specialization (e.g. history, literary studies and economics). The professional perspectives are supplemented by interdisciplinary courses - for example in regularly offered interdisciplinary lecture series in which lecturers from all six disciplines present.

Program Structure

In addition to an interdisciplinary basic part (Understanding North America, lecture series), the North American Studies program consists of specialist events. The technical part is divided into basic and orientation modules. These must be completed in three of the six subjects taught at the institute (e.g. history, literary studies and economics).

A subject-related study abroad of at least one semester is mandatory for the course. The direct exchange at Freie Universität enables students to stay in the United States, Canada or other countries with which the university has agreements. In addition, exchange places are available to students at 30 partner institutes in 14 countries through the ERASMUS program.

In the subject of North American Studies, at the end of the course the focus is on the main subject (first discipline, e.g. literary studies) by attending an event on scientific work (colloquium) and writing a bachelor's thesis in this subject. Together with the previously acquired credit points in the basic and orientation modules, this enables an undergraduate course of 60 CP in a discipline that allows the study of a consecutive master’s course (e.g. you acquire a total of 60 CP in sociology as part of the BA course in North American Studies what entitles you to a master’s degree in sociology).

The General Vocational Preparation (ABV) study area includes an internship as well as other areas of competence such as foreign languages ??or additional specialist qualifications.

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 examinations. 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

Basics (20 CP)


Understanding North America (UNA) - A.

(History, culture, literature)


Understanding North America (UNA) - B.

(Politics, sociology, economics)

Multidisciplinary Studies (10 CP)


Multidisciplinary Studies A - Lecture Series


Multidisciplinary Studies B - Lecture Series

Disciplinary Orientation (30 CP)


Orientation module discipline I


Orientation module discipline II


Orientation module discipline III

Disciplinary specialization (60 CP)


First advanced module, discipline I


Second specialization module, discipline I


First advanced module, discipline II


Second specialization module Discipline II


First advanced module, discipline III


Second specialization module, discipline III OR

Third specialization module, discipline I

Colloquium, BA thesis (20 CP)


Scientific work (Colloquium)


BA thesis

Language Practice (10 CP)


Oral Skills and Writing Skills 1


Oral Skills and Writing Skills 2

General vocational preparation (ABV, 30 CP)

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. 

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 management positions or employment in research and teaching.

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