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Department of History

History Team WiSe22/23

History Team WiSe22/23

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.


Freie Universität Berlin
John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of History
Lansstraße 7-9
14195 Berlin

Department Chair
Prof. Jessica Gienow-Hecht

For all requests please use:


Front Office
Cyntia Kossmann (Room 215)

Phone: 838-52 474

Email: history@jfki.fu-berlin.de

Office Hours

during the semester break February-April 2023
Please note that there will be no regular office hours during the semester break. In case you would like to schedule an appointment, please email your professor directly.

Prof. Gienow-Hecht will be offering an office hour on March 29, between 6-7 pm (room 216).

The front office can be reached by email (history@jfki.fu-berlin.de) or during phone hours: Mondays-Thursdays from 10am-1pm (838-52474).

Please note that Monday, March 20, the office will remain closed.


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

Course Credits and Conversion of Courses

We have removed the PDF accreditation form from the JFKI website because of the high percentage of forms submitted incomplete or containing incorrect information in the past. 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.

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

For information about BA thesis / completion of studies please see our website.

For information about MA thesis / completion of studies please see our website.



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