American Studies - Master

Key data on study program

Faculty of Humanities

Academic Degree

Restricted admission

Regular duration of studies
4 semester

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Program start
Winter semester, Summer semester

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Requirements and application

Dieser Studiengang ist ab dem Wintersemester 2019/2020 formal zulassungsfrei

Application process

Information on how to apply is available at the American Studies website

Once you’re ready to apply, you can use the university’s online application portal.

Admission prerequisites

  • 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.

Program details

Course content

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.


First Year

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.

Second Year

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.

Optional time abroad
You may choose to spend some time abroad as part of any study program. You should start planning it 12 to 18 months before your departure. 
Here you will find general information and advice on studying abroad. In addition, some departments have their own subject-specific services providing information on studying abroad.

After your studies

Professional fields

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.

Advice and internships
The University’s Career Service assists with careers orientation and getting started in your profession. Jobs and internships can be found in the Praxisportal.

PhD options

Graduates of the Master program can pursue a PhD in American Studies.

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