North American Studies (M.A.)

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At a Glance

The Master's degree in North American Studies combines six disciplines into a single study program: History, Culture, Literature, Political Science, Sociology and Economics. Each discipline is represented by a separate department. The focus on North America ensures the particularly close collaboration of the departments within the institute. The John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies is not simply multidisciplinary, but expressly and rigorously interdisciplinary.

Structuring the study program into six disciplines enables students to learn and in this rigorously interdisciplinary fashion, and to educate themselves about the United States and Kanada, as they are reflected through the disciplines of economics, sociology, political sciences, literature, cultural studies and history.

Currently, over 700 students are enrolled at the institute, all of them attending seminary and lectures that are taught exclusively in English.

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.