Our Teaching and Study Programs

American Studies is an area of focus within the broader frameworks of the English and American Studies Department and New Philological Institute at the JMU Würzburg.

For students studying at the Bachelor  level and within Lehramt programs, introductory lectures lay the groundwork for literary analysis (Veranst.Nr. 04093430), cultural/media studies (Veranst.Nr. 04093450), and the study of texts in the contexts of US-American history (Veranst.Nr. 04093010). Further lectures on key aspects of US-American literature, culture, and modern media landscapes are offered in the "Vorlesungsmodul"/"Lecture Module" (Veranst.Nr. 04093010 and 04093110).

We also regularly offer seminars with a writing emphasis for early-stage students and courses geared towards students preparing for the "Staatsexam" as well as specialization modules for Masters-level students. Our innovative "Transatlantic ZOOM Seminars" utilize online networking technologies to bring Würzburg students into conversation with students participating in parallel seminars at US and African universities. Participating institutions to date have included Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Merced, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, The New School, New York City, and Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal.

In sum, collaborative teaching formats and project-based learning are key elements of our pedagogical program from the first semester of your studies to graduate work within the frameworks of the Graduate School of the Humanities.

For an impression of the range of the topics and teaching formats offered in American Studies, please visit our course archives. An overview of modules and study programs can be found on the Prüfungsamt's webpage Modulhandbücher und SFBs.

All students of English and American Studies in Würzburg are encouraged to spend a semester or year abroad. Together with the International Office of the JMU and the Erasmus+ Program, the American Studies teaching team is happy to advice students regarding study opportunities at US-American universities such as the University of Texas at Austin and the State University of New York at Albany. Additionally, we work closely with European and African institutions with strong American Studies programs such as Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 in France and Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal.

Please visit the English and American Studies Study Abroad page for an overview of requirements and options in addition to visiting our office hours for individual advisement.