American Studies

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

M.A. On Campus
24 months
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The American Studies programme offered by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is oriented to literature and cultural studies, which teaches advanced knowledge of the diverse manifestations of American society in literary, historical, political and cultural contexts.


A special feature of the American Studies programme offered by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is the option to specialize in different fields of research, i.e. Early American Studies and New North American Studies. In addition, an interdisciplinary module offers students the opportunity to explore the traditions and diversifications of Anglophone literature, cultures and languages in more detail. The complementary and interdisciplinary orientation of the Master's program is supplemented by elective courses from cognate fields (e.g. History, Film Studies, Theater Studies, Ethnology, and Sociology). 


The aim is to complement and expand the desired research perspective in specific areas of American Studies with broad and interdisciplinary teaching and research options. Another important component of the research-oriented Master's program is the "Research Workshop" module, as well as the associated courses in literary and cultural theory and methodology. As with the "Professional Orientation" module, this module especially includes the early involvement of students in research projects in American Studies and an introduction to independent academic work.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Studies
  • Early American Studies
  • New North American Studies
  • History
  • Film Studies
  • Theater Studies
  • Ethnology
  • Sociology
  • Research Workshop
  • Professional Orientation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The subject-specific entrance requirements for the Master's program American Studies include the completion of a bachelor’s degree in American studies or in a related field (B.Ed.  English, B.A.  British Studies, B.A. British and American Studies etc.) or an equivalent degree from a higher education institution in Germany or abroad. 
  • We expect the applicant to have a very good active and passive knowledge of English (level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) to read the specialist literature and participate in courses taught in English (no proof required).  

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

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

Johannes-Gutenberg-University does not charge tuition fees. However, you will have to pay a social fee: € 270 per semester. 


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American Studies
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz