The Graduate School is dedicated to fostering a lively academic community, providing training of the highest international standards, and promoting independent research in one of six disciplines: cultural studies, economics, history, literary studies, political science, and sociology. Its innovative interdisciplinary curriculum responds to the growing need to move beyond, yet remaining anchored within traditional disciplines. Individualized supervision, excellent infrastructure, and a large network of national and international partners all contribute to our doctoral candidates’ success in the program and beyond.
The North American Studies course is offered by Graduate School of North American Studies.
Doctoral candidates complete three semesters of intense coursework, followed by three semesters devoted to research and writing. The courses aim at a balance between research-oriented interdisciplinary seminars and discipline-based seminars on theory and methodology. A third component consists of skills training.
Further individual training is made possible by more than 90 additional courses offered by the Dahlem Research School (DRS), the administrative board for all graduate programs at Freie Universität.
Teaching one course on a dissertation-related topic in the B.A. program of the Kennedy Institute is an additional compulsory component of our training.
The curriculum includes the following courses and seminars:
The formal requirement for an application is a university degree (M.A. or equivalent) with above average marks in either North American Studies, or one of the disciplines represented at the John F. Kennedy Institute, or an academic program closely related to one of these disciplines: Cultural Studies, Economics, History, Literature, Political Science and Sociology.
The discipline of the intended dissertation must correspond to the discipline of the M.A. degree, or be closely related to it. The dissertation project must be related to North American, American, or Canadian Studies.
Since all instruction is in English, enrollment in the program requires English language proficiency at an advanced level.Applicants must submit (in English):
The only fee is the regular semester fee (currently at 311,59 EUR including a public transport ticket for six months) at Freie Universität Berlin
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