English Studies, American Studies

English and American Studies deal with the language and literature of the English-speaking world.

The study field at a glance

In the center of the field of study are Great Britain (English studies in the narrower sense) and North America (American Studies, occasionally also Canadian Studies). Ancient American Studies deal with the language, culture and history of the past civilizations of South, Central and North America (for example Aztec, Maya, Inca).

Offered courses

English and American studies are offered at numerous universities, sometimes as a combination subject. By contrast, the field of Ancient American Studies is only available at a few universities.

Depending on the university, the course is offered in different subject areas or specializations. Some English courses such as British Studies focus on Britain, while American Studies focus on the United States of America. Many courses combine both.

Contents of the course

The focus is on dealing with linguistic, cultural, historical, political or geographical circumstances. Furthermore, theater, film and television as well as art and music are of interest. As the enhancement of language skills is a high priority, lectures and events are often held in English. In addition, it is customary to complete a stay abroad.

Admission criteria & course application

Some colleges conduct an aptitude test to test language proficiency and motivation.

Possible careers after graduation

English scholars usually find employment in the field of journalism, media and TV, publishing, education, cultural institutions, museums or in business consulting.