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North American Studies / North American Studies (minor subject in a combined bachelor’s degree)

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Program: North American Studies / North American Studies
Degree: depends on the major chosen
Program option: minor subject in a combined bachelor's degree
Study model: combined bachelor's degree
Program length: 6/8 semesters / 3/4 years (180/ 210 ECTS points) (depending on the combination)
Start: Winter semester 


As a student of this minor subject, you will receive a literary and cultural education in American and Canadian Studies. You will learn how to deal critically with traditional and modern methods of literary textual and media analysis and will gain a basic knowledge of cultural theory (conceptual fields, discourse, history). The goal is to acquire initial intercultural skills and the ability to conduct a critical cultural analysis with the help of illustrative themes such as populism or ethnic and cultural diversity.


The course will open up a number of professional fields and master’s degree programmes to you, which require not only linguistic skills and cultural knowledge of the United States of America and, to some extent, Canada, but also technological expertise as well as networked thinking and communication skills. During your studies, you will develop teamwork, discussion and media skills. A stay abroad will make you a competitive expert in English-language cultures on the international labour market.

The acquired skills will enable you to work in academia, publishing, the media, web technologies, PR, teaching jobs in business and industry, human resources, advertising, politics, trade and commerce, and consulting. Special professional fields include cultural work in embassies, science ministries, knowledge management, project management, content marketing, the library sector, migration counselling and international offices.

A minor subject will help you to extend your professional qualifications profile, which is decisively shaped by the choice of your major subject. In conjunction with your major subject, your relevant work experience (e.g. internships, part-time jobs, voluntary work) and your personal skills, it will enable you to refine your profile and carve out your own individual array of career options.