The BA-curriculum in North American Studies (NAS) is characterized by multiple disciplines and an interdisciplinary orientation. A total of six disciplines – history, cultural studies, literature studies, political science, sociology and economics – offer courses on the United States and Canada and allow for an incremental disciplinary specialization and qualification by the selection of disciplinary fields of concentration. The disciplinary perspectives are supplemented by inter- and transdisciplinary courses – both, at the stage of basic and advanced studies, e.g. by the regularly offered interdisciplinary lecture series.
Courses in language practice – Oral Skills, Writing Skills and Mediating Skills – complement the disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies. This language education is aimed at enabling the students to participate actively in the courses – which are exclusively taught in English, to work with English language sources and literature, pass oral examinations in English and author papers and theses in English.
Students are obliged to study abroad for at least one semester as part of the curriculum. The majority of students will study in the United States or Canada – and many students extend their studies to a whole academic year.