North American Studies at Cologne
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The Program


The program combines four modules: Literary & Cultural Studies, History & Society, Postcolonial Studies, and Research (see below). In all modules, students are expected to attend lectures and seminars regularly and actively, to prepare the assigned material for each class.   To enhance your success and gain a deeper understanding of each topic, it is recommended to study additional material.


In your courses, you will encounter four different forms of instruction:

The lecture|seminar introduces you to the field and consists of a lecture and an additional reading course (group tutorial).

The lecture conveys more detailed knowledge of a particular area of study.

During the seminar, we discuss specific problems of scientific debate and practice basic techniques of scientific research.

In the colloquium, we focus on methods of transdisciplinary research. Here you will learn how to plan, conceptualize, and conduct your own research project for the MA-thesis.

In order to gain credit for all modules you need to pass a final exam. 

In the third semester, you will closely cooperate with one of the scholars involved in the North American Studies program on your MA research project. This individual mentoring process will be flanked by a group tutorial. At the end of this semester, you are ready to prepare a proposal, outlining the central questions and methods of your MA project.  

The last term is exclusively dedicated to the writing of a MA-thesis of 150.000 signs maximum (approx. 60 pages text, excluding bibliography or additional material). Students are required to write their thesis in English. The MA-Thesis will be granted 30 CP and will have to be finished after six months. Please note that all modules have to be successfully completed before you can start working on your thesis.