The North American Studies master’s program is dedicated to the study of the United States of America and Canada and offers an innovative, transdisciplinary research space for cultural studies theories and methods, transatlantic relations and topics of globalization.

The North American Studies program explores North American literatures and cultures from their colonial beginnings to contemporary literary and cultural practices. Based on the faculty's expertise and institutional partnerships, the program also focuses on North American history, politics, and economics. In the course of study, questions of methodology, modernity and postmodernism, poetry and poetics, gender studies, Afro-American studies, popular cultures and the intersection of culture and economy are examined in particular.

Visiting scholars regularly visit the University of Bonn - especially from Canada - to participate in teaching.

Entry Requirement


  • Examination regulations (legally binding information)
  • University degree (domestic or foreign) in a relevant subject
  • German language skills (language level GeR B2)
  • English skills (language level GeR C1)
  • Minimum grade 2.5 or country-specific equivalent OR Bachelor thesis with a grade of at least 2.0
  • Specific modules with a North American focus in one of the areas: Literary and Cultural Studies | Political Science | Recent and Recent History | Postcolonial Studies | Economics | Media Studies | Linguistics

Career Prospects

Cultural management, language institutes (adult education), journalism / media industry, communication industry (public relations, translation), book industry (libraries, bookshops, publishers), international cultural relations, marketing, tourism, international organizations / authorities / (non-) government organizations, science (science management, Teaching / research at universities, research institutions, university administration, etc.)

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