B.A. North American Studies

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At a Glance

What is North American Studies?

In North American Studies, we scientifically analyse the history, society, literature, culture, politics, and economy of the United States and Canada. Structured around six key disciplines – history, cultural studies, literary studies, political science, sociology and economics – the program imparts profound expertise of these two countries, allowing students to sharpen their profile in the humanities or the social sciences and preparing them for their future careers. At the moment, there are more than 600 students enrolled at the John F. Kennedy Institute taking courses in the six disciplines as well as in interdisciplinary subjects. As one the few B.A. programs in Berlin that is taught entirely in English, the John F. Kennedy Institute unites students with diverse backgrounds, making English not only the language spoken in class, but also in the hallways. As a Kombi-B.A., Applied North American Studies combines academic sophistication with job-related expertise, offering various vantage points to approach contemporary problems.

The John-F.-Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies

The John F. Kennedy Institute (JFKI) is renowned for its innovative interdisciplinary research as well as its rigorous study programs. Founded in 1963 by the political scientist Ernst Fraenkel, the institute is dedicated to the study of the United States and Canada in all its facets. The six disciplines brought together at the institute, the numerous scholarships and exchange programs which it sponsors, and its world class research library create a unique academic environment. Disciplinary diversity and in-depth intellectual inquiry lay the foundation for excellence in both research and teaching.

On the following pages, the different departments of the JFKI introduce themselves. We will start with the humanities - history, culture, and literature - and continue with the social sciences - political science, sociology, and economics. Afterwards, the possibilities to combine Applied North American Studies with a study abroad will be considered.