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In order to ensure that all of you have a safe and rewarding study experience, FU Berlin and other institutions of higher education in Berlin have agreed on regulations that govern life on campus. Please check the special FU Berlin Coronavirus website (here) as well as the JFKI website (here) regularly for updates to rules and regulations.

During the summer semester 2022, most of the courses at JFKI will be held in-person (please check the course catalogue). We all look forward to welcoming you back on campus!

Please note the most relevant regulations at JFKI:

  • FFP2-masks are mandatory indoors (libraries, hallways, seminar rooms, lecture halls)

  • The “3G” rule no longer applies (i.e. no negative test results or vaccination certificates are needed)

  • Contact tracing via a.nwesen.de is no longer in place

  • It is still mandatory to report COVID infections by sending an email to covid-pandemie@jfki.fu-berlin.de (no personal data will be stored, only the number of weekly infections per institute/teaching unit is forwarded to the unit of university statistics)

If you are facing any difficulties in attending in-person courses at the JFKI, please do get in touch with the respective instructor(s) in advance in order to enquire whether the course can be held in hybrid format.

BACHELOR PROGRAM

Colloquium

BA Colloquium Economics/History/Political Science/Sociology, Andrew Johnston/Sebastian Kohl, Mondays, 18:00-20:00

Orientation Module

Refugees in Europe and North America in the 20th Century, Sönke Kunkel, Mondays, 12:00-14:00

The US: Nation-building in the Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1914, Andrew Johnston, Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00

US Immigration History in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Kira Alvarez, Tuesdays, 16:00-18:00

Advanced Module B: History of North America since 1865

Shaping Transatlantic Memories, Leonie Werle, Mondays, 10:00-12:00

US Cultural Diplomacy in the 20th Century, Max Klose, Tuesdays, 14:00-16:00

MASTER PROGRAM

Colloquium
MA Colloquium History, Sönke Kunkel, Mondays, 18:00-20:00

Module B: North American History until 1865

Making Global Neighborhoods: Refugees and Ethnicity in U.S. Urban History, Sönke Kunkel, Mondays, 14:00-16:00

US Foreign Relations in the 19th Century, Maximilian Klose, Mondays, 12:00-14:00

Gender and Empire in the 18th and 19th Centuries: The US in Comparative Perspective, Maximilian Klose, Tuesdays, 12:00-14:00

Module C: North American History since 1865

Making Global Neighborhoods: Refugees and Ethnicity in U.S. Urban History, Sönke Kunkel, Mondays, 14:00-16:00

US Intellectual History, Andrew Johnston, Mondays, 12:00-14:00

Humanity: History of a Troubled Concept, Andrew Johnston, Wednesdays, 14:00-16:00

Registration and deregistration take place on Campus Management. All courses at the history department have limited capacity, so you will only be able to see whether you have received a spot after April 14, 2022. If you have not received a spot in a class that you would still like to attend, contact the respective lecturer directly. See here for more in-depth information.

You can still register or deregister for courses on Campus Management until May 6, 2022. Afterwards, you must contact the Study and Examination Offices at the Department of Political and Social Sciences (studienbuero@polsoz.fu-berlin.de) for help. To register manually, please fill out this form. To deregister from a course, please fill out this form.

For Erasmus students and other people needing a course & exam participation form (Papierschein), please consult your lecturer.

Prof. Jessica Gienow-Hecht: May 9 - June 13: Mondays 5:30-6:30pm. No office hours from June 20 to July 4. July 7.-21.: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Please join the personal room at Webex at the respective time and wait in the 'lobby' (https://fu-berlin.webex.com/meet/j.gienow).

Prof. Sebastian Jobs: no office hours in SoSe22.

Prof. Sönke Kunkel: Mondays 5-6pm (R207 or via Webex: https://fu-berlin.webex.com/meet/soenke.kunkel). Please write an email to soenke.kunkel@fu-berlin.de to make an appointment.

Prof. Andrew Johnston: Tuesdays 12am-1pm (R216). Please write an email to andrew.johnston@fu-berlin.de to make an appointment.

Maximilian Klose: Mondays 3-4pm (R214). Please write an email to m.klose@fu-berlin.de to make an appointment.

Leonie Werle: Mondays 12am-1pm (R213). Please write an email to lewerle@zedat.fu-berlin.de to make an appointment.

Kira Álvarez: Thursdays 5-6pm (R213). Please write an email to kalvarez@zedat.fu-berlin.de to make an appointment.

Grades and attendances are usually entered in Campus Management at the end of the semester. Please make sure you have fulfilled the requirements for either a pass (active participation) or for a grade, such as turning in a term paper or passing an (oral) exam.

The requirements for credits depend on your specific study regulation and on the instructor’s individual task concept. Detailed information about course requirements can be found on Blackboard and/or will be announced during the first lesson of a course. 

We recommend getting in touch with the respective lecturer in time if you are facing any difficulties regarding the fulfillment of requirements or with assessments.

Students who do not have access to CM (students from other study fields than NAS or from other universities) will need to ask for a (digital) paper certificate (Papierschein) at the end of the semester. For this purpose, please fill out the respective form: FU Students (w/o CM Registration) or JFKI Incoming Students and send it to history@jfki.fu-berlin.de, along with your full namematriculation no., the course title and no., name of the module and your study program. We will send you a signed Papierschein after we have received all necessary information as listed.

If you want to receive credit points that were obtained at universities other than FU Berlin or want to convert credits for classes taken at JFKI, you will need to fill out a digital accreditation form.

We have removed this form from the JFKI website because of the high percentage of forms which were either incomplete or contained incorrect information. You will now obtain the form after attending WebEx office hours; please send a message to david.bosold@fu-berlin.de to make an appointment.

Conversion of courses: Be sure to clearly specify which course and topic you would like to have transferred. Courses without any clear connection to the history department will not be recognized.

Please add to the completed digital form additional documents: a recent PDF-version of your FU transcript / a course description / syllabus of the one that is going to be transfered / a paper certificate (Papierschein) / a scan of the transcript from the other university.

To hand in your request, please upload all documents to the Box.Fu or use the following email: anrechnung@jfki.fu-berlin.de.

For more detailed information on course credits and conversion of courses please see here.

If you require a letter of recommendation by Prof. Jessica Gienow-Hecht, please get in touch 8 weeks before the deadline by filling out this form and sending it to: j.gienow@fu-berlin.de and cchistory@jfki.fu-berlin.de, along with your cv and a current transcript of records.

Approach potential thesis supervisors well in advance either via email or by attending their office hours. The topic is selected in consultation with your first supervisor. All professors and “wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter” who hold a doctorate and who teach at JFKI are eligible as supervisors. Students who wish Prof. Gienow-Hecht to serve as first reader of BA and MA theses are requested to take at least one of her seminars.

After consultation with your first supervisor, fill out the form “Themenblatt mit Bearbeitungshinweisen” and make sure it is signed by your first and second supervisor. Submit the form to the Exam Rewiew Committee, then submit it along with the application and a valid certificate of matriculation to the Office of Examinations. You will also have to proof that you completed the required credit points in your studies.

For detailed information about the registration procedure (requirements, forms, deadlines,contact persons), please see our website (Bachelor thesis and Master thesis).

For advisement at JFKI, you may contact the Academic Advisement Office

The FU Berlin Student Services Center (SSC) may help students with general questions regarding academic advising. It also offers a welcome service for International Student Mobility.