The Americas / Las Américas (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

The Americas/Las Américas has a clear interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary profile and builds on the research on North America and Ibero-America which has been carried out by FAU's Centre for Area Studies for over 30 years. The degree programme draws on literary and cultural studies, political and social science, cultural geography and language practice. It also deals with cultural, historical, political and social development in the Americas from a comparative, intercultural and transnational perspective.

The combined regional, interregional and transnational approach allows students to study the areas which correspond to their personal interests. Students have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at a partner university in another country. The Master of Arts graduates are qualified for doctoral studies in American studies, Romance studies, Latin-American studies and/or comparative studies.

Modules and degree programme structure

Module 1: basic module: The Americas/Las Américas

Compulsory elective module 2a: Español avanzado 1

Compulsory elective module 2b: Español avanzado 2

Compulsory elective module 2c: Academic language skills

Compulsory elective module 3a: Area and region

Compulsory elective module 3b: North American studies

Module 4: North America: Culture and literature

Module 5: América Latina: Cultura y Literatura

Compulsory elective module 6a: Migration

Compulsory elective module 6b: Human rights

Compulsory elective module 6c: Estudios latinoamericanos

Module 7: North America: Politics and society

Module 8: América Latina: Política y sociedad

Module 9: project module: The Americas/Las Américas

Master's thesis

Admission requirements
  • A university degree in American studies, English studies, Latin-American studies, Iberian studies or another subject with a regional focus
  • A final grade of 'gut' (good) in the previous degree (at least 2.5; applicants who have not achieved this grade must attend an interview)
  • Proof of language proficiency: either level C1 in English and B2 in Spanish, or level C1 in Spanish and B2 in English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Degree program start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree program: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: English-Spanish-German
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Admission: Qualification assessment