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North American Studies (B.A.) (two subjects)


North American Studies with a focus on media studies: Students of the two-subject B.A. can already complete an academically established course of studies in North American Studies at the Bachelor level. The curriculum provides essential knowledge about the literature, culture and media as well as a comprehensive overview of North American culture from its first colonial contacts up until the 21st century. This degree qualifies the student for a consecutive Master's degree programme.

North American Studies
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (two subjects)
Standard period of study:
6 semesters
Only the winter semester
Language of the programme:
open (enrolment without previous application)
Orientation events:
Orientation events are offered

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Students of the Bachelor’s Program in North American Studies will acquire independent academic working skills and extensive knowledge in literature, culture, history and the language of North America. They will engage with fundamental subject-specific terms, theories and methods of cultural, literary and media studies and learn to apply them. The program conveys a historical overview of North American literature and culture and the skills to analyze and interpret literary texts, cultural documents and medial representations from different periods of American cultural history. The curriculum of the undergraduate degree also includes extensive coursework in the field of media studies, covering diverse topics such as popular culture, (American) media history and theory, material culture, and visual culture.

The subjects North American Studies and English Philology can only be combined if no modules or courses pertaining to North American Studies are taken in English Philology.

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In the two-subject Bachelor's programme, two subjects are studied on equal terms.

A total of 180 credits are earned for the Bachelor's degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).

The two subjects each account for 66 credits. The area of professionalisation accounts for 36 credits.

The following credits must be earned for the subject General Linguistics:

The core curriculum in North American Studies conveys the basic methodologies and the fundamental theoretical tenets of North American studies in the form of modules. The subject matter of these modules comprises analytical and interpretation techniques, history of literature and culture as well as the theory of literature, culture and media. Some of these modules are interdisciplinary. Building on these basic modules, the B.A. program also introduces the fields of film and media studies. Students acquire the fundamentals of scholarly media analysis and apply these methods in the context of topical seminars. A subsequent advanced module provides research-oriented and subject-specific knowledge based on the training and competencies already obtained and prepares students for the Bachelor thesis (with 66 credits). Students can also specialize in North American Studies, allowing them to acquire a total of 84 credits. These students will complete an additional module in the “in-depth” profile of the professionalisation area to further pursue their individual research interests. The other additional modules include courses on the theory of literature and culture and provide advice and tutoring for a research-oriented Bachelor thesis.

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Language requirements

For your studies, you must have English language skills at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is best to show an adequate level of English before starting your degree programme, viz. with the application, or when matriculating. You can prove your English language skills later, though, if you cannot do so before October; the latest that you have to show proof of English language skills to the English Department is July 15 of the year following your matriculation in this degree programme.


Winter semester only
1st subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)
2nd to 6th subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)

Non-German citizens without a German educational qualification

Citizen from a non-EU country (or stateless person)

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Dr. phil. Vanessa Künnemann
Department of English Philology
American Studies Section

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Room 1.307
37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49-551 39 27565
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