In the master’s degree in North American Studies, historical developments, structures and institutions in North America are analyzed and interpreted and classified in their respective social, historical, literary, cultural, political and economic contexts. The course offers the opportunity to delve deeper into politics, sociology, literature, economics, culture or history of the USA and Canada. The students have the opportunity to choose two specialization disciplines. The course is very interdisciplinary; regional scientific questions and tasks are dealt with across disciplines.
The master’s degree comprises three areas of study: the first major, the second major and the interdisciplinary study. The following six subjects are available as possible main disciplines: literature, cultural studies, history, sociology, political science and economics. In addition, students take part in a colloquium, ideally to accompany their master’s thesis.
The structure and process of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s 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.
The courses are taught exclusively in English.
One of the two chosen majors (subjects) is the core discipline. The master's thesis is written in this discipline. The other major is considered an extension discipline.
Students are recommended to spend part of their studies abroad; However, studying abroad is not a compulsory part of the course.
The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.
Modules of the course
Specialized study (2 of 6)
|Focus on history|
|Module A||North America in the world|
|Module B||North American History to 1865|
|Module C||North American history since 1865|
|Focus on culture|
|Module A||American history of ideas and theories of American culture|
|Module B||Culture of nationality and diversity|
|Module C||Cultural history of individual media and aesthetic forms of representation|
|Focus on literature|
|Module A||Literary history|
|Module B||Literary theory|
|Module C||Literary text analysis|
|Focus on politics|
|Module A||Theories and Methods of Political Science|
|Module B||Institutions, actors and processes|
|Module C||Policy areas / policy research|
|Focus on sociology|
|Module A||Sociological Theories of North America|
|Module B||Social systems, institutions and orders - meaning and function|
|Module C||Exploring the social process - problem, conflict, crisis|
|Focus on economy|
|Module A||North American economic policy in a historical dimension|
|Module B||US domestic economic policy|
|Module C||US foreign trade policy|
Current topics and research fields in North American Studies 1
Current topics and research fields in North American studies 2
Current topics and research fields in North American studies 3
To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:
Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.
The degree qualifies you for work as a North America expert, in particular in politics and policy advice, business and economic advice, in the foreign service and in international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), media and cultural institutions, state and municipal planning and Administration, adult education and further training, in publishing and libraries as well as in university and non-university academic institutions.
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