American Studies BA
The Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at Heidelberg University is unique in its broad range of subjects.
The program is offered by the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) in cooperation with the English Department, Department of Geography, History Department, Institute for Political Science (IPW), the Law Faculty, and the Faculty of Theology (Wissenschaftlich-Theologische Seminar, WTS) and Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology (FIIT).
The option to focus in geography or religious studies, as well as to obtain an additional legal certification, makes this program unique beyond Germany and Europe:
- The American Studies program is an exciting multi- and interdisciplinary program uniquely capable of doing justice to a complex research subject, the USA. Students receive a thorough education in literature, cultural studies, history, politics, theology, geography and law.
- The B.A. in American Studies supports a small group of high-performance, highly motivated students. The program admits up to 25 students annually and places a strong emphasis on intense one-to-one assistance/mentoring as well as on student responsibility within a research-oriented teaching program.
- The BAS is a 100% program lasting six semesters. Because the program begins each winter semester, admission during the summer semester is not possible.
- The certificate of the General University Entrance qualification (HZB), a relevant subject-related HZB or a foreign HZB, which has been recognized as equivalent by the competent state authority.
- Evidence of any subject-specific vocational training and employment, practical activities or extracurricular achievements and qualifications, including acquired English skills, unless English has been taken as a foreign language in the last four semesters of upper secondary school.
- Presentation of the previous career and a written report (to the extent of max. 1 DIN A4 page), which justifies the choice of the desired course of study and the desired profession attached.
The university may require that the documents underlying the admission decision be presented in the original when enrolling.