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New BA Programme in American Studies to Start next Winter Semester

Press Release No. 139/2010
23 June 2010
Interdisciplinary approach: society, politics, history and culture of North America

A new degree programme is due to launch this coming winter semester at Heidelberg University. The six-semester “B.A. in American Studies” is an interdisciplinary course of study that provides a thorough grounding in literature and culture, history, politics, theology, geography and law. Unique to the programme is the inclusion of geography and theology. Students can also acquire a certificate in law. The application deadline for the programme, developed by the university’s Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), is 15 July 2010.

“For the foreseeable future, the United States of America will remain the decisive political, economic and cultural world power. Solutions of any substance to political conflicts will hardly be feasible without the USA. Study of a wide range of political, social and societal issues and the history of North America gives graduates key qualifications, making them competitive on the world labour market,” says Dr. Wilfried Mausbach of the HCA, which runs the course in conjunction with the Department of English Studies, the Institute of Geography, the Department of History, the Institute of Political Science, the Faculty of Law, the Department of Academic Theology and the Research Centre for International and Interdisciplinary Theology.  The course equips its students with expert knowledge, methodological competence and practical skills for later professional activities in private enterprise, public administration and academia.

The Heidelberg B.A. programme in American Studies will admit up to 25 students per year. The research-oriented programme attaches major importance to intensive mentoring and student supervision. For an overview of course content and instructions on how to apply go to Further information is available from course coordinator Iris Hahn-Santoro, phone +49 6221 543874,


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