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Master European-American Studies

The Master of European-American Studies has been revised. Since the winter term 2018/2019 a new curriculum has been implemented.


Overview


Introduction

Are you curious about European dimensions within US-American culture? Are you interested in histories of entangled spaces, forms of cultural exchange beyond and across borders, and political debate and responsibilities? Are you looking for inspiring intellectual exchange? Then apply for this master's program at the University of Regensburg! Benefit from the special combination of scholarly expertise, cutting-edge research, and practical experience in this master's program and become a part of the international research community offered at the University of Regensburg!

EAS is an international and interdisciplinary master's program. In four semesters, you will acquire the skills to explore interactions between Europe and America with a special focus on performance culture, visual culture, and memory culture. Using critical perspectives of transnational American Studies, you will have the chance to discuss historical developments, cultural productions, literary texts, aspects of language, economic factors, and politics. The curriculum also allows for a practical internship in an area of your interest within your studies. EAS graduates often use their acquired expertise to become active in international organizations, cultural institutions, political institutes, and, of course, in academia.


What to expect

After an introduction to fundamentals of transnational American Studies (modules 1 and 2), you will have the chance to participate in courses from our three main pillars (modules 3-5):

  • "cultural transfer and mobility"
  • "transnational spaces and cultural encounters"
  • "political relations and responsibilities"

Finally, you can deepen your understanding by focusing on an area of your choice (modules 6, 7, or 8).


Structure

  • 4 semesters / 120 credit points (including M.A. thesis)
  • 10 courses + M.A. thesis + freely selectable project or practical component (internship)


Degree

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Studien-/Prüfungsordnung vor WS 2012/2013
Studien-/Prüfungsordnung ab WS 2012/2013
Studien-/Prüfungsordnung ab WS 2018/2019


When to apply? Deadline: 1 June

The program starts: every winter term (October)


General Information

Further general information that might help you get started with your studies is provided on the department website.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Carmen Dexl

American Studies

University of Regensburg

93040 Regensburg

Phone: 0941-943 3475

Fax: 0941-943 3590

E-Mail: carmen.dexl@ur.de


Website:

amerikanistik.ur.de


Curriculum

Curriculum for students starting in 2018 or later

Curriculum for students who started in 2017 or earlier


Curriculum (for students starting in 2018 or later)

Grafiken Modul _bersicht Farbig

(PDF format)

In your first semester you take only the four courses in modules 1 and 2, which are a prerequisite for modules 3-5. In your second and third semester you should take the courses (lectures and/or seminars) in modules 3-5. In the course of your studies, you also have to complete either module 6, 7, or 8; it is recommended that you take the four courses in modules 1 and 2 in preparation for 6, 7, 8. Modules 6 and 7 include an internship (see "Internship" for further information). Your fourth semester should be dedicated to your master's thesis. Please note that each module ends with a module exam, i.e., a final exam or a term paper.

The current course catalog for MEAS will help you find courses for the respective modules. Please note that in modules 3-5 you will be able to choose among several courses offered in the respective area each semester, e.g., there will be different thematic courses on European-American spaces, regions, and spheres for module 3.

Grafik Module Kursaufteilung

(PDF format)

The module handbook (Modulbeschreibung) provides detailed information concerning credit points (ECTS), workload, course requirements etc.

Curriculum (for students who started in 2017 or earlier)

The module handbook (Modulbeschreibung bis 2017) provides detailed information concerning credit points (ECTS), workload, course requirements etc.


Application


Application Deadline

  • extended to June 21, 2020

Requirements

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

Application Documents

Please send the following documents as one PDF-file (in the order indicated below) by e-mail to american.studies@ur.de:

  • CV (including the exact titles + grades of your qualifications as well as the full name of the university you received your B.A./academic degree from)
  • a cover letter in English (approx. two pages)
  • B.A. certificate (or equivalent): if the B.A. certificate is not yet available, please include an official transcript amounting to at least 150 credit points or 5/6 of the required courses and exams of your program.
  • certified translation of B.A./academic degree certificate (only if certificate is NOT in German or English)
  • a transcript of academic records, that lists the attended courses and documents hitherto achieved credit points (at least 150 credit points) as well as your grade average
  • certified translation of transcript (only if transcript is NOT in German or English)
  • a thesis-driven academic essay (including works cited) in English of 12,000-15,000 characters (including blanks) on the following topic:

Topic 2020: 

In the past and present, Europeans have defined themselves and their 'Europeanness' in relation to America, just as Americans have used concepts of Europe to construct their own notions of identity in the multiple and repeatedly changing contexts of European-American relations.
Reflect on how perceptions and images of the respective other have shaped and continue to shape debates about European and American identities. Substantiate your points with concrete examples and case-studies from whichever historical periods and cultural contexts you may choose. Those can, for example, range from, but are by no means limited to, colonialism to 21st century protest movements, from migration to reproductive rights, from cartography to social media  etc.

  • English-language certificate (level C1 or equiv.): if you have obtained a study degree at a secondary or post-secondary American institution, you do not have to submit an English language certificate
  • Certificate of your secondary school degree (high school or equiv.)
  • certified translation of certificate of your secondary school degree (only if it is NOT in German or English)
  • international applicants: additional mandatory application form
  • international applicants: copy of passport
  • applicants from China, Vietnam, and Mongolia: APS Certificate
  • any other relevant certificates
  • documentation of relevant stays abroad
  • documentation of relevant academic and extra-curricular activities such as internships, projects, etc. 

Please note:

  • All documents must be in either English or German. Simple copies of certificates and certified translations are sufficient for the application. However, all original documents must be shown at the Registrar's Office for enrollment.
  • The M.A. program in European-American Studies is an English-language program. It is required to hold or acquire basic German language skills (level A1 or equiv.) in order to benefit fully from the interdisciplinary range of the program and attend classes in related disciplines.

For questions concerning your application, please contact Dr. Carmen Dexl.


Links

Please visit the International Office's website for further information for international students.

Further general information that might help you get started with your studies is provided on the department website.

Orientation Program "Startklar" for International Students


Contact

Dr. Carmen Dexl

American Studies

University of Regensburg

93040 Regensburg

Phone: 0941-943 3475

Fax: 0941-943 3590

E-Mail: carmen.dexl@ur.de


Website:

amerikanistik.ur.de


Internship

Internship

This master's program allows you to include electives in independent EAS, i.e. seminars and courses of your choice, within your studies and/or do an internship at an institution of your choice (modules 6, 7, or 8). You can complete the internship in the semester breaks between your 2nd and 4th semesters or, if the internship takes more than 3 months, during the semester.

To find a suitable position and get an overview where students have done their internships in the past, you can have a look at the Grad Student Forum.

In addition, the following links might be helpful to find an internship position:

  • For a list of possible internship offers abroad, please visit the website of the International Office.
  • Funding options for internships in Europe with ERASMUS+ and outside of Europe with PROMOS
  • Internship Links to search engines and placement agencies worldwide

It is possible, but not obligatory, to take an "Urlaubssemester" (semester off) for an internship or stay abroad. For more information, please visit the website of the Studentenkanzlei.


Thesis

M.A. Thesis

At the end of your course of study you are required to write a master's thesis in order to illustrate your academic skills.

Preparation

  • Talk to your chosen thesis advisor (approximately around the end of your 3rd semester).

Registration

  • To register your M.A. thesis at the Prüfungsamt (not in FlexNow), please fill in the registration form "Antrag auf Zulassung zur Masterarbeit." The thesis can be registered at any time during the semester; there are no specific registration dates for each semester. Once your thesis is registered, you have four months to write it. Students have to be enrolled the entire time it takes for them to write and hand in the thesis.

Formalities

  • Length: 60-80 pages
  • Submit 3 copies: 2 printed copies, 1 digital copy (pdf)
  • Title page: see "Anlage 2" of the "Studien-/Prüfungsordnung"
  • To verify that your work (= ideas, structure, words) is wholly your own and that material from the work or works of others has been cited, you need to submit a signed plagiarism declaration with every piece of written work.

Results

  • You can look at the written assessment of your M.A. thesis in the Prüfungsamt within one month after having received your M.A. grade (but not afterward).

More Information

See §21 and §22 of the "Studien-/Prüfungsordnung" for detailed information on writing and registering your M.A. thesis.


M.A. Certificate

The M.A. certificate is issued in German and English.

Final Grade

  • Final grade (for students who started in 2018 or later): the overall grades of modules 1 and 2 count 5 % each, of modules 3-5 20 % each, and of the M.A. thesis 30 % toward your final grade.
  • Final grade (for students who started in 2017 or earlier): the overall grades of modules EAS-M31, EAS-M32/33/34 + M.A. thesis count 1/3 each toward your final grade.

Getting Your Certificate

  • Once you have completed all modules including your M.A. thesis (at the end of your sixth semester at the very latest), fill in the "Antrag auf Ausstellung des Abschlusszeugnisses" and take it to the Prüfungsamt. You can either pick your certificate up in person (you will be informed via e-mail when you can do so) or have it sent to a postal address of your choice.


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American Studies

 

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American Studies
University of Regensburg
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