Program Structure

The curriculum in North American Studies (NAS) consists of two elements: the disciplinary element of North American Studies proper and the element of language practice. The disciplinary element is composed of Basic Studies, Orientation and Specialization (in fields of concentration), Advanced Disciplinary Studies and Supplementary Studies.

Studying abroad for at least one semester – at a North American university or in one of the American Studies programs which are offered by the institute’s ERASMUS partners –is an obligatory part of the curriculum.

At the end of the curriculum in NAS the disciplinary advancement will be proven by autonomously selecting a topic for a Bachelor-thesis and its independent authoring.

The field of General Occupational Skills (ABV) comprises an obligatory internship and the following areas of building occupational skills: foreign languages, competency in information and media, competency in gender and diversity, competency in organization and management, competency in personal and social communication and additional qualifications related to the studied discipline. Objectives, contents and the structure of the field of General Occupational Skills (ABV) are laid down in separate statutes.

Questions of structure and process of the studies are dealt with in the statutes of the curriculum. They contain detailed descriptions of contents and objectives for each module and describe an exemplary sequential order of modules to complete the curriculum. The statutes of the curriculum define the modes and requirements of examinations for each module. They list the number of credit points (LP) and the projected effort in working hours for each course, module and the total curriculum.

 

North American Studies (NAS)

Basic Studies

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Basic Module Understanding North America (UNA) - A

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Basic Module Understanding North America (UNA) - B

Orientation and Specialization
The two multi-disciplinary Orientation Modules have to be passed as well as a selection of two Orientation Modules in two fields of concentration respectively (history, cultural studies, literature studies, political science, socioloty, economics)

Module

Multi-disciplinary Orientation Module A

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Multi-disciplinary Orientation Module B

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Orientation Module History

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Orientation Module Cultural Studies

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Orientation Module Literature

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Orientation Module Political Science

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Orientation Module Sociology

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Orientation Module Economics

Advanced Disciplinary Studies
Three Modules from the two fields of concentration that have been selected in „Orientation and Specialization“ have to be passed: Advanced Disciplinary Module A and B in the first field of concentration, Advanced Disciplinary Module A or B in the second field of concentration.

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Advanced Disciplinary Module A History – North American History before 1865

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Advanced Disciplinary Module B History – North American History since 1865

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Advanced Disciplinary Module A Cultural Studies – History of Ideas and History of Culture of Exemplary Media

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Advanced Disciplinary Module B Cultural Studies – Theories of American Culture and History of Ethnic, Regional and Gender-specific Culttures

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Advanced Disciplinary Module A Literature Studies – Literary Epochs

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Advanced Disciplinary Module B Literatur – Literary Genres

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Advanced Disciplinary Module A Political Science – Policies and Politics

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Advanced Disciplinary Module B Political Science – State and Civil Society

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Advanced Disciplinary Module A Sociology – Social Structures

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Advanced Disciplinary Module B Sociology – Social Processes

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Advanced Disciplinary Module A Economics – History of North American Economy

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Advanced Disciplinary Module B Economics – Methods and Ideas of Economics

 

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Methods of Scientific Work

 

Supplementary Studies
In this part of the curriculum a choice is offered between a selection of 30-credit points-Module Packages of various other disciplines, affine Modules and Interdisciplinary Studies..

 

Language Practice

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Oral Skills and Writing Skills 1

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Oral Skills and Writing Skills 2

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Mediating Skills and Advanced Writing Skills