M.A. American History, Culture and Society

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M.A. American History, Culture and Society

Ludwig Maximilians University
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  • 120
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  • Masters
  • 2 years


The master’s degree program “American History, Culture and Society” is a research-oriented and highly flexible program of study. It offers advanced knowledge on historical, social, cultural, literary, economic, and political topics in the USA as well as Canada and encourages its students to develop and pursue individual research interests. To complete the 120 credit point program, nine modules have to be taken over the course of the first three semesters. The fourth semester is dedicated to writing the master’s thesis.

Faculty teaching in this program has particularly strong research credentials in history, literature, media and visual culture, popular culture, gender, race and ethnicity, technology, and cultural theory. Students developing research projects are encouraged to place them in a transatlantic, transnational, or global framework and to use comparative or interdisciplinary approaches.

Admission Requirements

  • The program only accepts students with a first university degree (e.g. a bachelor’s degree) earned in a program of the humanities or social sciences with a substantial share of North American topics. Students who have not finished their undergraduate studies may only be accepted on a provisional basis pending the completion of their degree.
  • A bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) from a regionally accredited university or university-level institution. If the program has not yet been completed, a transcript of records from the fifth semester indicating the completion of 150 credit points must be submitted. As part of this application process, unofficial copies may be submitted.

    transcript of records listing all courses completed in the study program.

    Proof of English language skills at the C1-level of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”.

Courses Units

The modules in this program include different types of courses: research-oriented advanced seminars, reading courses, lectures providing introductions, foundation courses dedicated to questions of methodology and theory as well as independent study projects.

Each semester students take courses from the compulsory module “American Studies (Fields, Topics, Research Traditions)” as well as courses from two optional modules: “Literature and Media” or “History and Society”. They may focus exclusively on one area, or they may combine the two. In order to gain 30 credit points, students have to choose two out of four optional modules offered each semester.

General information is available in the Module Catalogue. More specific information on the lectures, seminars, and foundation courses is provided in the course catalogue.

  • The module “History and Society” addresses the history of the USA and of Canada, transatlantic history, political culture and history, economic history, environmental history, and questions of historiography.
  • The module “Literature and Media” is dedicated to literary history and theory, visual and media studies, cultural history and theory, popular culture, ethnic and gender studies, technology, and space studies.

More Information

The Master’s program “American History, Culture and Society” was launched in 2012, bringing together the expertise and research traditions of scholars specializing in history, literature, visual culture, and cultural studies. With lectures, foundation courses, advanced seminars, and independent study projects, the program offers the chance to combine the focus on specific areas of research with knowledge on a broad range of topics.

The program has an international outlook with students coming from various countries – e.g. Germany, USA, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Poland, China – and with varying academic backgrounds ranging from degrees in history and political science to literature and North American studies. Our MA students are encouraged to explore the many exchange options LMU is offering through its International Office.

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