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.
during the semester break
Prof. Gienow-Hecht: on August 11 and September 22. Please register here for a time slot.
Prof. Jobs: no office hours because of research leave.
Prof. Kunkel: Please write an email to make an appointment.
Prof. Brown: Please write an email to make an appointment.
A. Rauscher: Please write an email to make an appointment.
A. Hjorthén: Please write an email to make an appointment.
B. Bouwman: Please write an email to make an appointment.
M. Voigt: Please write an email to make an appointment.
The front office can be reached by email (email@example.com) or during phone hours: Mon 9am-5pm; Tue, Thu, Fri 9am-1pm; Wed 10am-2pm (838-52474).
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 as well as 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 on Wednesday, 9-10am at https://fu-berlin.webex.com/meet/bosold. Please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org in case you are unable to attend the meeting on Wednesday morning. Please see our website for more detailed information.
For information about BA thesis / completion of studies please check our website.
For information about MA thesis / completion of studies please check our website.