North American Studies

Freie Universität Berlin

24 months
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The MA program North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin focusses on historical developments, structures, and institutions in North America that are analyzed and interpreted in their respective cultural, economic, literary, political, and social contexts. 


Key Features

The North American Studies Master's program at the Freie Universität Berlin provides in-depth knowledge of North America in the following six disciplines: politics, sociology, literature, economics, culture and history. Students may choose two areas of concentration (out of the six disciplines listed above). In addition, interdisciplinary and regional aspects and issues are addressed in compulsory courses on current topics and research fields in North America.

The MA program at the JFKI combines academic training in six academic disciplines with interdisciplinary perspectives. Besides studies in two of the six following disciplines – cultural studies, economics, history, literary studies, political science and sociology – the curriculum includes courses taught by two faculty members with different disciplinary backgrounds. The curriculum further entails lecture series focusing on a specific issue by researchers of all disciplines taught at the JFKI. No other American/Canadian studies program in German offers a comparable breadth of disciplines devoted to the North American hemisphere.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • North America in the World
  • North American History until 1865
  • North American History since 1865
  • American History of Ideas and Theories of American Culture
  • Culture of Nationality and Diversity
  • Cultural History of Individual Media and Aesthetic Forms of Representation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


English, German


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree in one of the following subjects: North American studies, history, cultural studies, literature, political science, sociology, economics, or in an interdisciplinary subject with at least 90 credit points in one of the aforementioned subjects.
  • Proof of English skills (level C1 CEFR).

Tuition Fee

  • International

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    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

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    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Students do not pay tuition fees. The university only charges semester fees each semester. 


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