North American Studies

The master's degree program North American Studies focuses on research of the United States of America and Canada and offers an innovative, transdisciplinary space for research on cultural-analytical theories and methods, transatlantic relations, and globalization topics.

The North American Studies program addresses North American literatures and cultures from their colonial beginnings to contemporary literary and cultural practices. Based on the expertise of faculty members and the institutional partnerships, the program concentrates on North American history, politics, and economics. The study program explores questions in particular from the following areas: methodology, modern era, post-modern era, poetry and poetics, gender studies, Afro-American studies, pop cultures and overlaps between culture and economics.

Guest researchers, especially from Canada, visit the University of Bonn regularly and share their knowledge and insights with students.


Possible lines of work:

Cultural management, language institutes (adult education), journalism/media industry, communications industry (public relations, translation), book industry (libraries, booksellers, publishers), international cultural relations, marketing, tourism, international organizations/ public authorities/ governmental or non-governmental organizations, academia (research management, teaching/research at universities, research institutions, university administration, etc.)

Open admission
Master of Arts
4 Semester
Winter semester
Summer semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline

German language proficiency (CEFR level B2)

English language proficiency (CEFR level C1)

Minimum grade of 2.5 or local equivalent OR a bachelor's thesis with a minimum grade of 2.0

Specific modules with focus on North America in one of the following fields: Literary and Cultural Studies | Political Science | Recent and Contemporary History | Postcolonial Studies | Economics | Media Studies | Linguistics

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