Department of History
As a measure to contain COVID-19, all courses during the summer term 2020 will be online - please check the course cataloque and blackboard for further details.
For the same reason all personal office hours are cancelled - our lecturers will communicate via Webex, email or telephone only. For times and details please check our teaching staff individually on the website.
History Department Profile
The Department of History at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies offers a range of courses designed to familiarize students with the past and foster their ability to think clearly and critically, to write effectively, and to read intelligently. Departmental courses cover the breadth of the human experience across the entire North American continent as well as the region’s interaction with the rest of the world -- a complex subject matter that can be retraced in a wealth of archival sources, intricate literature and diverse teaching styles. Students begin by taking introductory survey courses, then sign up for classes helping them to narrow down their specific interest. Courses focus on the history of United States, Canada, the Atlantic World, and the region’s interaction with Africa, the Middle East, Australia and the Pacific Rim. Subjects include but are not limited to politics, diplomacy, minorities, women, economics, intellectual ideas, and law.
The Department offers courses of study leading to the B.A. and the M. A. in North American Studies as well as the Ph.D. degree in history. Our courses are open to students of North American Studies as well as to students of history (Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut). Moreover, students of related fields such as English, political science, international relations, area studies, law and related fields can likewise participate in individual courses after consultation with the instructor. All courses require students to have a Blackboard account.
Due to the COVID-19 measures there are no personal consultation hours. Office hours will take place via Webex or telephone.
Prof. Gienow-Hecht: Mondays from 2-3 p.m. Please register to make an appointment.
Prof. Jobs: Mondays from 5-6 p.m. Please register to make an appointment.
Prof. Kunkel: Flexible office hours. Please write an email to make an appointment (email@example.com).
Prof. Buch: Fridays from 3-4 p.m. Please register to make an appointment.
Until further notice, the JFKI (including the History Department office in room 215) will be closed. Please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (838-65 900), Monday between 9am - 5pm; Tuesday to Thursday between 9am and 1pm.
If you require a letter of recommendation please get in touch 8 weeks BEFORE the deadline.
Credit transfer forms have first to be signed by the respective department (for affine modules contact David Bosold first). We also need a transcript from you. Please send your documents to the office of the History Department and we will send them back as soon as possible. You will have to send them to the Prüfungsbüro yourself.
If you'd like to register your BA/MA thesis: If you simply need a signature on the form, please send it to the office of the History Department and we will send it back as soon as possible. You will have to send it to the Prüfungsbüro yourself.