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 continuing COVID-19 measures office hours will take place via Webex or telephone only.
Office hours during Winter Semester 2020/21:
Prof. Gienow-Hecht: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm. Please register here for a time slot.
Prof. Jobs: Mondays, 5-6pm. Please register here for a time slot.
Prof. Kunkel: Flexible office hours. Please write an email to make an appointment (email@example.com).
Prof. Hampf: tba
Helen Gibson: Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm. Please write an email to make an appointment.
Robert Benson: Mondays, 2-3pm. Please write an email to make an appointment.
The front office can be reached by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or during phone hours: Mondays 9am-5pm, Tuesdays - Fridays 9am - 1pm (838-52474)
If you require a letter of recommendation, please get in touch 8 weeks BEFORE the deadline by sending in this form as well as your cv and a current transcript of records.
For requests regarding thesis supervision, please send in an overview of your research interest and a current transcript of records prior to the meeting.
Course Credits and Conversion of Courses: If you need course credits from other Universities, want to convert credits or if you need credits for General Professional Skills Courses (ABV), please download our new digital form, complete it and send it with a scan of necessary transcripts to email@example.com. For more detailed information as well as for templates, please see here.
If you'd like to register your BA/MA thesis: there will be a digital form, too. Until then, if you simply need a signature, please use the regular form and send it as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send it back signed as soon as possible and you will have to forward it to the Prüfungsbüro yourself.