M.A. American History, Culture and Society
PLEASE NOTE: The following information is valid for the new winter term beginning in 2019/20. For students who entered the program in 2018 or earlier, the rules and regulations from 2012 apply.
The master’s degree program “American History, Culture and Society” is a research-oriented and highly flexible program of study. It offers advanced knowledge on historical, social, cultural, literary, economic and political topics in the USA as well as Canada and encourages its students to develop and pursue individual research interests. In order to complete the 120 credit point program, nine modules have to be taken over the course of the first three semesters. The fourth semester is dedicated to writing the master’s thesis.
Faculty teaching in this program have particularly strong research credentials in the fields of history, literature, media and visual culture, popular culture, gender, race and ethnicity, technology, and cultural theory. Students developing research projects are encouraged to place them in a transatlantic, transnational or global framework and to use comparative or interdisciplinary approaches.
The program consists of three basic modules: “American Studies,” “Literature and Media” and “History and Society.” Students can specialize in the fields of literary, media or historical studies, or they can combine them. They may also get up to 18 credit points in the third semester in a wide range of disciplines (e.g. history, literary studies, cultural studies, gender studies). For most of these programs excellent German language skills are needed and special requirements may apply. More detailed information about the program can be found here. Students wishing to enter the program need to meet certain requirements. More information on the application process can be found here.