The BA thesis has to be registered with the Office of Examinations and Auditing during the office hours. The topic of your BA thesis will have to be submitted to the attention of the Exam Review Committee ("Prüfungsausschuss") at least two weeks in advance. The topic is is selected in consultation with your first supervisor. Potential thesis advisors should be approached by the students during their office hours. All Professors and “wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter” who hold a doctorate and who teach at the Kennedy Institute are eligible as supervisorss. Please use the form "Themenblatt mit Bearbeitungshinweisen" (listed in the section "FAQ - Abschlussphase") and ensure that it is signed by your first and second supervisor (Erst- und Zweitprüfer*in) before submitting it to the Exam Review Committee.
In order to register your thesis, please submit the completed form (both sides) of the "Antrag zur Anmeldung der Masterarbeit", the form "Themenblatt" signed by both supervisors and a valid certificate of matriculation ("Immatrikulationsbescheinigung") confirming that you are enrolled in the BA program in North American Studies.
In addition, you will have to provide proof that you completed a total of at least 80 credit points in North American Studies and a total of at least 120 credit points. The proof consists of your Campus Management records, and documents testifying to the conversion of classes ("Anrechnungsformulare", "Papierscheine") in case credits have not been registered on Campus Mangement.
All relevant forms ("Themenblatt", "Anmeldung zur Bachelorprüfung") and further information can be obtained on the website of the Office of Examinations and Auditing (listed in the section "FAQ - Abschlussphase").
After successful registration, you will receive the official confirmation of the title/topic by the Office of Examinations and Auditing. Upon receiving the confirmation ("offizielle Ausgabe des Themas") you have a total of 12 weeks (study regulations 2011, 2014 and 2015) and 16 weeks (study regulations 2018), respectively to complete your thesis. On the day of the deadline you are expected to send a digital version of your thesis in PDF-format via email. The email must be send to the attention of your first and second supervisor and the Office of Examinations and Auditing (cc:). In addition, please submit one bound hard copy and a PDF-version of your thesis (stored on a CD-Rom), including the signed form "Eidesstattliche Erklärung" to the attention of the Office of Examinations and Auditing ("Prüfungsbüro"). Should you send the hard copy via regular mail, the shipment has to be postmarked on the day of the deadline or earlier (i.e. it may arrive after the deadline if it was posted on the deadline at the latest).
After having finished your course work and received the grade for your thesis, you have to fill out the form “Antrag auf Feststellung des Studienabschlusses” (listed in the section "FAQ - Abschlussphase") and hand it in at the Office of Examinations and Auditing.
The official graduation ceremony takes place on the last Saturday of November.