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Master American Studies


Studien-/Prüfungsordnung vor WS 2012/2013
Studien-/Prüfungsordnung ab WS 2012/2013



The Master of Amerikanistik/American Studies at the University of Regensburg is an international, interdisciplinary four-semester program that provides a historically informed, culturally diverse, and scholarly reflected understanding of America from both domestic and international perspectives. The graduate program offers M.A. candidates the opportunity to specialize and gain increased research expertise.


  • Applicants are required to have an above-average first academic degree completed in a program with components related to the study of North America—usually a B.A. or equivalent, or a higher academic degree.
  • Applicants must also demonstrate their aptitude for the American Studies graduate program. See application documents and procedures below.
  • Applicants must possess an excellent command of English at level C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or higher (or equivalent).


  • 4 semesters /120 CP in 5 modules (including M.A. thesis)
  • 9 courses + M.A. thesis + practical or project component
  • interdisciplinary and/or international component through internships


Master of Arts (M.A.)


every winter term


Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel

Chair of American Studies

University of Regensburg

93040 Regensburg

Phone: 0941-943 3477/78

Fax: 0941-943 3590

E-Mail: american.studies@sprachlit.uni-regensburg.de

Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat

American Studies

University of Regensburg

93040 Regensburg

Phone: 0941-943 3477/76

Fax: 0941-943 3590

E-Mail: american.studies@sprachlit.uni-regensburg.de





Application deadline

  • 1 June

Application Documents

  • B.A.-certificate (or equivalent)

If the B.A.-certificate is not yet available, applicants need to include an official transcript of at least 150 credit points or of 5/6 of the required courses and exams of their program.

  • a cover letter in English (approx. two pages) that outlines the applicant’s motivation for applying for the Regensburg M.A. program in American Studies as well as the relevance of this program for the applicant’s professional and academic goals
  • a thesis-driven academic essay (including works cited) in English of 12,000-15,000 characters (including blanks). Please note: The topic will be posted at the American Studies website (here!) by April 15. 

    Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Einstellung des Studiengangs Master *American Studies* (MAS) vor dem Wintersemester 2017/2018 geplant ist.
    Please note that we are planning to discontinue our MA program in *American Studies* (MAS) before the winter term 2017/2018.

  • documentation of relevant stays abroad
  • documentation of relevant academic and extra-curricular activities such as internships, projects, etc.  
  • a transcript of academic records, citing attended courses and documenting hitherto achieved credit points (at least 150 credit points ECTS) as well as the applicant’s grade average
  • English language certificate (level C1 or equiv.)
  • school-leaving certificate (high school or equiv.)
  • CV (including the exact titles + grades of the applicant’s qualifications as well as the full name of the university)
  • any other relevant certificates
  • international students: additional mandatory application form(s) and further information e.g. on tuition fees: see http://www.uni-regensburg.de/international/akademisches-auslandsamt/incomings/index.html

Please note that the M.A. program in American Studies is an English-language program. Although German-language proficiency is not required, it is advisable to have basic or advanced German language skills. An advanced command of German will allow students to benefit from the full interdisciplinary range of the program and attend classes in related disciplines.

Please send your complete application documents by post to the following address:

  Department of English and American Studies

  —Studienorganisation (M.A.-application)—

  University of Regensburg

  93040 Regensburg



For further information and updates on procedures etc., please check the following websites:




Please visit the International Office’s website for non-program-specific information on application procedures:


Graduate Studies—International Students





APS Certificate


Download Brochure “First Steps”





Kernmodul (AMS-M 31):*
Ü Fundamentals: Approaches, Concepts, Theories 2 SWS 8 LP
Ü Reading and Discussion (American Literary and Cultural History) 2 SWS 8 LP
Ü Academic Writing (Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies) 2 SWS 4 LP
6 SWS 20 LP
Modul Amerikanistik I (AMS-M 32)
Hauptseminar aus der Amerikanistik 2 SWS 10 LP
Vorlesung aus der Amerikanistik 2 SWS 8 LP
Ü Cultural Studies advanced (USA) 2 SWS 8 LP
6 SWS 26 LP
Modul Amerikanistik II (AMS-M 33)
Hauptseminar oder Oberseminar aus der Amerikanistik 2 SWS 10 LP
Veranstaltung (Hauptstudium) Amerikanistik oder eines relevanten Fachs 2 SWS mind 7 LP
Veranstaltung (Hauptstudium) Amerikanistik oder eines relevanten Fachs 2 SWS mind 7 LP
6 SWS mind. 24 LP
Projekt- bzw. Praxismodul (AMS-M 34)
Praktikum in USA-bezogenem Bereich / in den USA mit Dokumentation / Bericht
oder Projektarbeit in Verbindung mit Cultural Studies Advanced „Topical Issues“
20 LP
20 LP
Masterarbeit (AMS-M 35)
Research Workshop / Blockseminar mit Präsentationen zu Master-Arbeiten 6 LP
Master-Arbeit 24 LP
30 LP

*Dieses Modul sollte nach den ersten beiden Semestern abgeschlossen sein.



American Studies


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American Studies
University of Regensburg
93040 Regensburg, Germany