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Course of Study

The Master's program is comprised of three areas of study—the core concentration built around two disciplines and a third interdisciplinary module.

The structure and development of the program is governed by university regulations for study programs, extracts of which are available at the following page. The module types and the requirements for them and the Master's final examination is determined by examination regulations and the Department of Examinations and Auditing (Prüfungsbüro). The Department of Examinations and Auditing (Prüfungsbüro) determines the level of achievement for the modules and the final requirements for the Master's. Earned credits points (ECP) for the modules, for example for each academic seminar as well as the workload in credit hours for each seminar throughout the entire study, are also established within the guidelines set up by the Department of Examinations and Auditing. Testing and examinations requirements for modules belonging to specific disciplines can be found (in German) in the Related Links section on the right.

One major, from which the final Master's thesis is to be written, is based upon one of the two selected disciplines (for example, History and Cultural Studies, Economics and Political Science, etc.) and serves as the core disciplinary concentration. The second concentration thus serves to provide further background knowledge.

The Master's thesis should display the student's ability to independently handle and execute a research project within accepted scholarly methods and standards. A Master's of Arts (M.A.) degree will be duly conferred following successful completion of the program.


The following information is according to the Rules of Regulation ("Studien- und Prüfungsordnung") from 2014.

Program Modules

Disciplinary Emphases (2 of 6)

Emphases – History
Module A North American History in the World
Module B North American History to 1865
Module C North American History since 1865
Emphases - Cultural Studies
Module A American Intellectual History and Theories of American Cultural Studies
Module B Nationhood and Diversity
Module C Cultural History of Media and Aesthetic Forms
Emphases - Literature
Module A Literary History
Module B Literary Theory
Module C Literary Textual Analysis
Emphases - Political Science
Module A Theories and Methods of Political Science (Import) or American Political Theory
Module B Institutions, Key Figures, and Processes
Module C Policies and Policy Research
Emphases - Sociology
Module A Sociological Theory of North America
Module B Social Systems, Institutions and Organizations – Meaning und Function
Module C Investigation of Social Processes – Problems, Conflicts, Crises
Emphases - Economics
Module A North American Economic Policies in Historical Dimension
Module B U.S.Domestic Economic Policies
Module C U.S.Foreign Economic Policies

 

Interdisciplinary Study (Obligatory)

Module 1 Topics in North American Studies 1
Module 2 Topics in North American Studies 2
Module 3 Ring Lecture

 

Sample M.A. Course of Study

Semester

Core Discipline

Secondary Discipline

Interdisciplinary Study

Earned Credit Points (ECP) per Semester

1

(Winter semester)

Module A

10 ECP

Module A

10 ECP

Module 1

10 ECP

30 ECP

2

(Summer semester)

Module B

10 ECP

Module B

10 ECP

Module 2

10 ECP

30 ECP

3

(Winter semester)

Module C

 

10 ECP

Module C

 

10 ECP

Module 3

(Ring Lecture)

5 ECP

30 ECP

Colloquium

5 ECP

4

(Summer semester)


Master's Thesis

30 ECP

30 ECP

120 Earned Credit Points (Total)

 













Supplementary Notes on the sample course of study

Modules are listed as A, B, and C.  This is based on their respective content-related emphases, as can be seen in the list above. You are not required to complete the modules in a specific order (i.e. you can study module A in your last semester, module B in your first semester, and so on). When choosing your modules at the beginning of each semester, please note some modules are only offered in the summer OR winter semester and not both. If you have questions regarding your schedule, please contact the student advisor.

A disciplinary module usually consists of two seminars. One of these two seminars will only require “active participation” and will not be graded; the other will be graded based both on active participation and a written exam / term paper / oral exam. The interdisciplinary modules 1 and 2 each consist of one seminar. Module One must be completed with a graded paper /exam /etc, and Module Two must be completed with only active participation. You will receive 10 credit points (Leistungspunkte) for the completion of a module.

Please note that the interdisciplinary module 3 consists only of attending the ring lecture (Ringvorlesung) offered every winter term. You will receive 5 credit points for attending the ring lecture. You will receive an additional 5 credit points for the MA colloquium, which you should take in your last semester at the JFKI, while writing your master’s thesis.

Conversion of courses (Umwidmung)

If you wish to transfer one of your seminars (for example, if you wish to obtain credit for a seminar in a different department, or if you want to transfer a seminar from Module A to Module B or C, etc.), please fill out the following form. You will need a confirmation (signature) by a professor from the respective department (“Testat”). You will also have to hand in the form to the chair of the examination board, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Jobs.

If you need assistance with filling out the form or have any other remaining questions concerning the process of “Umwidmung”, please consult the student advisor.

 

 

 

 

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