American Studies - Master
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The Master program in American Studies offers comprehensive training in the methods and theories of American Studies and multifaceted knowledge and insights into the literatures, cultures, history, and society of the United States. The wide variety of courses in the program ranges from those on America’s colonial past and early literary culture to those covering contemporary themes in race, class, gender, religious, ethnic, and regional studies in different media. The program offers students a strong interdisciplinary curriculum, which emphasizes student autonomy as well as academic collaboration and exchange.
- Bachelor degree in English and/or American Studies or equivalent Bachelor degree.
- Overall grade of 2.5 or higher.
- English language proficiency equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework CEFR.
English language proficiency equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework CEFR.
The Master program in American Studies prepares students for a wide variety of careers in academia, education, journalism and publishing, public relations, cultural management, intercultural communication, new media, international organizations, and consulting.
Graduates of the Master program can pursue a PhD in American Studies.
Students focus on the core curriculum in American Literature and Culture. Four 12 ECTS modules offer graduate seminars aimed at gaining an advanced understanding of key concepts and theories in American Studies. In addition, students engage in in-depth analyses of important developments in American literature and culture. Students take at least one module concerning the period before the Civil War and one concerning the period after the Civil War. The Interdisciplinary Profile (6 ECTS) gives students the opportunity to take courses outside of the core curriculum to broaden their perspective.
The two Research Modules (12 ECTS each) prepare students for the M.A. thesis. In a graduate academic writing class, students will develop advanced strategies for independent research and writing. In the Research Colloquium, students will participate in discussions with faculty and PhD students and will present their own research for the M.A. thesis. . In the second part of the Interdisciplinary Profile (6 ECTS), students can take further courses outside the core curriculum and thus develop an individual profile. In the Professional Experience Module (12 ECTS), students can do an internship or work as a tutor in order to gain practical work experience. The final module (30 ECTS) consists of the M.A. thesis and an oral exam.
Amerika, Amerikanistik, American Studies