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Program Description

Within the MA in North American Studies, students do advanced academic work and may choose individual areas of specialization in literary, cultural, and media studies. The degree program prepares students for positions in journalism, in public service, or in other cultural institutions. Graduates are specifically qualified for careers in transatlantic contexts. Additionally, students planning to pursue further academic work on the PhD level benefit from the strong focus on scholarly methodologies and the writing of extensive research papers.

Program Structure

Students need to complete 42 credits in North American Studies. 26 credits derive from the core curriculum, while 16 credits are obtained through interdisciplinary electives. As part of the core curriculum, students first complete two modules on American literature and culture, as well as media studies. Additionally, they select two interdisciplinary modules from other cooperating programs of study. At the end of their studies, students will research and write a final thesis. Work on this scholarly project is done during or after a concluding module.

Main research areas in Gottingen include American literary and cultural history (especially colonial culture and the American Enlightenment; as well as 20th/21st century), popular culture, (American) media history and theory, material culture, visual culture.

The MA program is closely linked to various research projects, which gives students the opportunity to participate in guest lectures and colloquia and to organize student conferences and workshops. Studying on the MA level therefore entails first-hand experience with the approaches and conventions of a distinct scholarly discipline. The American Studies division of the English Department is furthermore involved in several interdisciplinary collaborations and projects with external funding. The various scholarly activities resulting from these networks are often integrated into the advanced courses on the Master’s level.

Career Options

North American Studies graduates often choose one of the following career paths: academic careers in universities and other institutions of higher education, careers in business (e.g. transatlantic trade), editors at publishing houses, journalism, public service, government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Pilihan kuliah

Purna Waktu (4 semester)

Biaya kuliah
Semester fees: For Winter - €355.31; For summer - €375.31 (Given winter and summer fee includes Administration fees, Student body fees, Railway Ticket fees, Bus Ticket fees, Culture Ticket fees, Studentenwerk fee)
Tanggal mulai

Direncanakan Oktober 2022


University of Gottingen

Wilhelmsplatz 4,


Lower Saxony,

37073, Germany

Persyaratan masuk

Untuk mahasiswa dari Amerika Serikat

Student must have bachelor degree. Other English language requirements: a) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, b) Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, c) “International English Language Testing System” (IELTS), minimum level “Band 6”, d) a minimum of 550 points in the paper-based “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (paper-based TOEFL), e) a minimum of 220 points in the computer-based “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (computer-based TOEFL), f) UNIcert, level III, g) C1 Certificate according to CEF (Common European Framework).

Untuk mahasiswa internasional

BA degree or equivalent

Professional relevance: Evidence of achievements in

  • a) North American Studies / American Studies amounting to at least 50 credits OR
  • b) English Philology amounting to at least 50 credits, including services in the field of American literary and cultural history or the theory of American literature and culture amounting to at least 12 credits OR
  • c) General and Comparative Literature / Comparative or Social Sciences or History at least 50 credit points, including achievements in the field of American research amounting to at least 14 credits.

International English Language Testing System” (IELTS Academic): at least Band 7;

Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet-based test” (TOEFL iBT): at least a score of 110 points;

Global Scale of English (Pearson Academic): at least a score of 76 points;

Cambridge English Scale: at least a score of 180 points

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