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The Institute for American Studies serves students in a variety of academic programs: Majors and Minors in the context of German Magisterstudiengänge, Bachelor- and Master-Programs based on the common European framework created by the Bologna-Process, and programs for students studying to become teachers.

On these pages, you find comprehensive information that should help you in your decision to enter an academic program at the Institute and, once you have become a member of the American Studies community, in organizing your program of study.

As a prospective student, you might be most interested in learning about our Degree Programs.

For those already enrolled in the program, you can find in this sections the necessary information about courses that you can take, and the necessary information about upcoming exams.


Prospective Students

BA and MA Degrees in American Studies

As of 2006, the Institute for American Studies offers two fully accredited degree programs based on the common European framework created by the 'Bologna-Process.'


The BA American Studies introduces students to US-American culture, literature, society and politics, and to the varied academic skills needed to critically engage the many dimensions of the United States and its roles in the world. Find more information on the BA program here.

Each year, several of our best students are chosen to study at Ohio University for a year as part of the DAAD's BA Plus Program.


The MA American Studies substantially broadens and deepens students' understanding of the complexities of US-American culture, literature, society and politics, and actively develops their academic skills, their research capabilities, and their professional profile in a global context. Find more information on the MA program here.

For application details to the BA and MA Program please check here at Applying and Admissions.

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