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(All information given is preliminary and may be subject to change. / Die Einrichtung des Studiengangs steht noch unter dem Vorbehalt der erforderlichen Beschlüsse der Hochschulgremien sowie der Erteilung des Einvernehmens durch das Bayerische Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst.)

American History, Culture and Society is a two-year, 120 credit point degree program. Students enroll in the winter semester.

The program is taught in English yet a basic knowledge of German is needed to deal with administrative and other matters (preferably at the level “A1” of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”). An excellent knowledge is necessary for optional courses taken in subjects taught in German (see the section below). There are various institutions offering German language courses at basic and advanced levels, see this LMU website.

Each semester students take courses from the compulsory module “American Studies (Fields, Topics, Research Traditions)” as well as courses from two optional modules: “Literature and Media” or “History and Society”. They may focus exclusively on one area, or they may combine the two. In order to gain 30 credit points, students have to choose two out of four optional modules offered each semester.

  • The module “History and Society” addresses the history of the USA and of Canada, transatlantic history, political culture and history, economic history, environmental history, and questions of historiography.
  • The module “Literature and Media” is dedicated to literary history and theory, visual and media studies, cultural history and theory, popular culture, ethnic and gender studies, technology and space studies.

In the third semester, instead of choosing optional modules at the Amerika-Institut, students may alternatively get 18 credit points from a pool of subjects (e.g. English, German, History, Gender Studies, Comparative Literature, Theatre Studies, and others). For most of these subjects excellent German language skills are needed and special requirements may apply. More information on these subjects and on the “Geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlicher Profilbereich” can be found here.

The modules in this program include different types of courses: research-oriented advanced seminars, reading courses, lectures providing introductions, foundation courses dedicated to questions of methodology and theory as well as independent study projects. An overview of the program can be found here.

Please note: This overview represents the general template of modules and courses to be completed in the program. The classes offered in this study program have individual titles. You can find examples for a list of courses related to history and politics here, or to literature and media here. Course catalogues from previous semesters can be found here.

More information on the exam and degree regulations will be made available here once the official document has been published.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE to students who entered the program in WS 2018 or earlier: Your studies are still covered by the rules and regulations under which you began your studies. You can find the “Prüfungs- und Studienordnung” here (only available in German). Plus: You can find the previous overview of modules here.

A cover template for all essays is available for download here. The final semester is dedicated to writing the master’s thesis (a cover template is available here).