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Master European-American Studies

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


Overview


Introduction

The Master of European-American Studies at the University of Regensburg is an international, interdisciplinary four-semester program that provides specialized study of European-American relations past and present, in a wide variety of contexts. Topics in fields of research such as political science, history, economy, literature, culture and language are analysed from a comparative, transnational perspective. The program combines introductory modules on the theoretical and historical bases of European-American Studies with thematic advanced-study modules on "Spaces, Regions, Spheres," "Mobilities and Cultural Transfers," and "Politics and Responsibilities." The program includes an internship and focuses on a scholarly understanding of, and research expertise in, the field of European-American relations.


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.
  • Applicants must possess an excellent command of English at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or higher (or equivalent).

Structure

  • 4 semesters / 120 credit points (including M.A. thesis)
  • 10 courses + M.A. thesis + practical or project component
  • Interdisciplinary and/or international component through internships

Degree

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Studien-/Prüfungsordnung vor WS 2012/2013
Studien-/Prüfungsordnung ab WS 2012/2013
Studien-/Prüfungsordnung ab WS 2018/19


New Enrollment

every winter term (October)


General Information

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

Student Counseling

Dr. Carmen Dexl

American Studies

University of Regensburg

93040 Regensburg

Phone: 0941-943 3475

Fax: 0941-943 3590

E-Mail:carmen.dexl@ur.de


Contact

Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel

Chair of American Studies

University of Regensburg

93040 Regensburg

Phone: 0941-943 3477

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

Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

Institute of Political Science

University of Regensburg

93040 Regensburg

Phone: 0941-943 3553/55

E-Mail: stephan.bierling@politik.uni-regensburg.de

Website:

amerikanistik.ur.de

Application


Application deadline

  • 1 June


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. from)
  • a cover letter in English (approx. two pages)
  • B.A. certificate (or equivalent): if the B.A. certificate is not yet available, 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. 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 ECTS) 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. Please note: The topic will be posted on the American Studies website (here!) by April 15.
  • English-language certificate (level C1 or equiv.): if you have obtained a certificate at a secondary or post-secondary American institution, you do not have to submit a further English language certificate
  • secondary school certificate (high school or equiv.)
  • certified translation of secondary school certificate (only if certificate 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 MA program in European-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.

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

For further information and updates, please check the American Studies website.


Links

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

Orientation Program "Startklar" for International Students

www.uni-regensburg.de/ur-international/international-students/orientation-program/index.html

 


Contact

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

Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling

Institute of Political Science

University of Regensburg

93040 Regensburg

Phone: 0941-943 3553/55

E-Mail: stephan.bierling@politik.uni-regensburg.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)

Modulbeschreibung

In your first semester you take only the four courses in modules 1 and 2, which are a pre-requisite 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 4 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.

Module 1: Theories, Approaches, Methods (EAS-M1)

Fundamentals and Frames of Transnational American Studies

2 hours 7 CP
Theories and Concepts in European-American Studies 2 hours 7 CP
4 hours 14 CP
Module 2: Readings, Approaches, Sources (EAS-M2)
Readings and Sources in European-American Cultural Relations I: From the Beginning through the End of the 19th Century 2 hours 7 CP
Readings and Sources in European-American Cultural Relations II: The 20th and 21st Centuries 2 hours 7 CP
4 hours 14 CP
Module 3: Spaces, Regions, Spheres (EAS-M3)
Topics in Spaces, Regions, Spheres I 2 hours 8 CP
Topics in Spaces, Regions, Spheres II 2 hours 8 CP
4 hours 16 CP
Module 4: Mobilities and Cultural Transfers (EAS-M4)
Topics in Mobilities and Cultural Transfers I 2 hours 8 CP
Topics in Mobilities and Cultural Transfers II 2 hours 8 CP
4 hours 16 CP
Module 5: Politics and Responsibilities (EAS-M5)
Topics in Politics and Responsibilities I 2 hours 8 CP
Topics in Politics and Responsibilities II 2 hours 8 CP
4 hours 16 CP
One of the following electives:

Module 6: Professional Orientation (EAS-M6)

Internship in the Field of European-American Studies

8 weeks or more 14 CP

Module 7: Professional Orientation and Electives in Independent European-American Studies (EAS-M7)

Internship in the Field of European-American Studies

4 weeks or more 7 CP

Topics in European-American Studies

2 hours 7 CP
14 CP

Module 8: Electives in Independent European-American Studies (EAS-M8)

Topics in European-American Studies I

2 hours 7 CP

Topics in European-American Studies II

2 hours 7 CP
14 CP
Master's Thesis
30 CP

Curriculum (for students who started in 2017 or earlier)

Modulbeschreibung

Kernmodul: Issues and Skills (EAS-M 30)
Readings in European-American Relations 2 hours 8 CP
Fundamentals: Approaches, Concepts, Theories 2 hours 8 CP
Academic Writing 2 hours 4 CP
6 hours
20 CP
Vertiefungsmodul: Special Themes and Topics (EAS-M 31)
Seminar aus dem Themenbereich European-American Cultural Relations 2 hours 10 CP
Vorlesung aus dem Themenbereich International Politics 2 hours 8 CP
Cultural Studies Kurs aus dem Themenbereich European-American Studies 2 hours 8 CP
Vorlesung oder Seminar aus einem frei wählbaren amerika- oder europabezogenen Themenkontext 2 hours 8 CP
8 hours
34 CP
Eines der folgenden Profilmodule:
   - EAS-M 32: Language Relations
   - EAS-M 33: Literatures and Cultures
   - EAS-M 34: History, Politics, Business
Für Profilmodul EAS-M 32: 3 Veranstaltungen aus dem Themenbereich der
europäisch-amerikanischen Sprachbeziehungen
2 hours each 8 CP
Für Profilmodul EAS-M 33: 3 Veranstaltungen aus dem Themenbereich der
europäisch-amerikanischen Beziehungen in Literatur und Kultur
2 hours each 7 CP
Für Profilmodul EAS-M 34: 3 Veranstaltungen aus dem Themenbereich der
europäisch-amerikanischen Beziehungen in Geschichte oder Politik oder Wirtschaft
2 hours each 7 CP
6 hours 24 CP
Projekt- bzw. Praxismodul (EAS-M 35)
Praktikum in einem Bereich mit europäisch-amerikanischem Bezugsrahmen / in den USA oder Europa mit Dokumentation / Bericht 12 CP
12 CP
Forschungsmodul mit Masterarbeit (EAS-M 36)
Research Workshop / Blockseminar mit Präsentationen zu Master-Arbeiten  6 CP
Master-Arbeit 24 CP

30 CP

Internship

Your M.A. program includes an internship/project module that you can complete either in the semester break between your 2nd and 3rd or your 3rd and 4th semesters or, if the internship takes more than 3 months, during the semester.

It is up to you to find a suitable position or project.

To find out where students have done their internships in the past, you can have a look at the Grad Student Forum.

You may find the following links useful when looking for an internship position:

  • If you want to do an internship abroad, have a look at the website of the International Office, which also offers a list of possible internship positions.
  • There are funding options for internships in Europe with ERASMUS+ and outside of Europe with PROMOS.
  • Internship Links to search engines and placement agencies worldwide.

When doing an internship or a stay abroad, you have the option of taking an Urlaubssemester (semester off). This means that the semester will not count towards the total time of your study. You do not have to take an Urlaubssemester when you do an internship or a stay abroad, but often students choose to do so.

To take an Urlaubssemester, students are required to submit a form to the Studentenkanzlei and, in case of an internship, some sort of proof such as a copy of the employment contract.

Taking an Urlaubssemester is only possible if the internship stretches over at least half of the Vorlesungszeit (the time classes take place), and students are required to apply for it before the internship starts (and by December 15 at the very latest for winter semester / by June 15 for the summer semester).

In your Urlaubssemester, you cannot receive credit points or register for anything in FlexNow.

Thesis

M.A. Thesis

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

  • Talk to your chosen thesis advisor (approximately around the end of your 3rd semester)
  • Length: 60-80 pages
  • Formalities:
    • Submit 3 copies: 2 printed copies, 1 digital copy (pdf)
    • Title page: see "Studien-/Prüfungsordnung," "Anlage 2"
    • 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
  • 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.
  • 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).

M.A. Certificate

  • To get your M.A. 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.
  • The M.A. certificate is issued in German and English.
  • Final grade (for students who started in 2017 or earlier): the overall grades of modules EAS-M31, EAS-M32/33/34 + MA thesis count 1/3 each toward your 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.
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American Studies

 

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American Studies
University of Regensburg
93040 Regensburg, Germany