Bachelor of Arts in American Studies

The Bachelor’s Program of American Studies offers a wide range of courses. In six semesters, students will be introduced to the central fields of American literature, culture, history, language, and media. In the advanced courses of the Bachelor program students deepen their knowledge of American literature and culture in topical seminars and conclude their course of studies with a BA thesis on a topic of their choice.

The B.A. program is structured in two phases of introductory (GMK) and advanced modules (AMK):

  • GMK I: Language and Communication
  • GMK II: American Studies
  • GMK III: Cultural Studies
  • GMK IV: Cultural Studies and Professional Orientation
  • GMK V: Culture, Media, and Literature
  • AMK I: Advanced Language and Communication
  • AMK II: Regional and Transnational American Studies
  • AMK III: Early American Literature and Culture: 16th-19th Century
  • AMK IV: American Literature and Culture from 1900 to the Present

The introductory modules (GMK I-III) will familiarize students with the basic methodologies and subject matters of American literary studies and American cultural studies. In addition to expanding their proficiency in English, students will explore a broad range of literary texts, historical documents, as well as cultural artifacts from all eras of American history. In advanced cultural studies classes (GMK IV-V), students will study topics related to historical and current developments in American society, politics, culture, and media. In the course of the first two years of their studies, students will also get familiar with relevant methodologies for doing American Studies.

In the advanced courses of the Bachelor program students deepen their knowledge of American literature and culture in topical seminars and conclude their course of studies with a BA thesis on a topic of their choice.

Contact

Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies
Dr. Claudia Görg
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
Room 02-566
55128 Mainz
Phone: +49 6131 39-22764