During the two-year American Studies program you may, among other things, take courses in societal studies and history, immigration and economics, media studies, music, literature, and film.
You will have between 8 and 12 hours of teaching per week, in the form of both lectures and discussions. There will also be some presentations from you and other students, as well as occasional group work.
Your teaching will be about US society, history,economics, and immigration, as well as analysis of the American media, literature, and film.
During the first semester you will receive an introduction to American history, culture and society, as well as a seminar on theory and method.
Freedom to choose
During the second and third semesters, you will be able to choose elective courses that deal with a range of topics that reflect the faculty's research interests. The majority of these courses are in participating departments, including history, political science, English, media studies, relgion, journalism, and marketing. During the third semester you also have the option of studying abroad at a European or an American university. The course areas may include the following:
a) The American political system, including the presidency, the most important federal institutions, the electoral system, the welfare system, and the like.
b) Regional identities, including how various regions have emerged, notably the Northeast, the South, the Middle West, and the West, and how these differences are manifested in culture, politics and economic differences.
c) Ethnic and racial minorities and cultures, including immigration history, the debate over immigration restriction, religious differences, and the literary and cultural expressions of multiculturalism.
d) Foreign policy, including its historical development, institutional expresion, and foreign policy debates.
e) Economics, including the central economic institutions and organizations, industrial history, comparative corporate culture, the labor market, and the complex relations between technology and culture.
f) Popular culture, including media, film, literature, and material culture.
g) Social and cultural history
h) Finally, new courses are being created every year, often taught by visiting professors, so it is impossible to list all the possibilities that may be available.
Graduates who have completed this master programme are entitled to use the title of MA (master og arts) in American studies.