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North American Studies

North American Studies is a single-major Master's program at the University of Cologne taught entirely in English. It focuses on the history, culture, art, literature, language, film, philosophy, media theory, politics, society, economy and law of North America, i.e. Canada, the US, the Caribbean and Latin America. It aims at providing insight into the cultural and literary history of North America and offering an overview of relevant theories and methods in the fields of literary studies, culture studies and media studies.

The program consists of the following modules:

  • AM 1 Literary and Cultural Studies
  • AM 2 History and Society
  • AM 3 Postcolonial Studies
  • AM 4 Research
  • SM 1 Internship
  • Master thesis

In AMs 1, 2, 3 and 4, students take exams (two term papers, one oral exam and one presentation) that factor into their overall grade. The internship for SM 1 must take at least six weeks and students have to write a report on it; this module does not factor into the overall grade. It is recommended that students complete AMs 1 and 2 during their first two semesters, AMs 3 and 4 during their second and third semesters and focus on their master thesis during their last semester.

The studies program in Cologne cooperates with the North American Studies program at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn. AM 3 can also be completed at RFWU in Bonn.

Application requirements

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate's degree totalling or being equal to 180 ECTS in one of the following areas:

  • North American Studies
  • English Studies
  • American Studies
  • History
  • Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Theology
  • Economics
  • Translation
  • Intercultural Communication

Moreover, applicants must have excellent English skills on C1 level of the CEFR and skills in a modern European language other than German on B2 level of the CEFR. The latter requirement must be met by the time the master's thesis is started, i.e. B2 level in a modern European language can be reached while completing the North American Studies program.

Further information

The program flyer (German language version) can be found here.

The module handbook (German language version) can be found here.

For questions and requests, please contact Jasmin Herrmann at jasmin.herrmann(at)uni-koeln.de.