American Studies (B.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Bachelor of Arts (Two-subject Bachelor)

Standard period of studies:

6 semesters


Winter and summer semester
Language of Instruction: English

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Please keep in mind that you need a certification of recognition for all foreign certificates. The recognition process takes up to six weeks and the certificate must be included in your application.

Winter semester: June 1 - September 1

Summer semester: December 1 - March 1

If you combine a Two-subject Bachelor whose admission is open with one whose is restricted, the deadlines are:

Winter semester: June 1 - July 15

Summer semester: December 1 - January 15


American Studies (M.A.)


Department of English and Linguistics

Faculty: 05: Faculty of Philosophy and Philology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The reformed curriculum with the major subject American Studies and a minor subject (British Studies or an external minor subject) provides students with an initial practice-oriented and professional qualification degree over 6 semesters (plus stay abroad), which is recognized internationally and qualifies students to proceed onto a Master's program. In addition to language skills, the course also teaches the basics of economics. In addition to practical vocational training and interdisciplinary course components, an integral part of the American Studies Bachelor's course is an extended stay abroad in an English-speaking country, which is intended primarily to expose students to different cultures and enable them to better understand the complex social processes and interactions. The research and teaching area American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University operates a wide variety of exchange programs with universities in the USA and Canada, which offer students a wide range of course options.

Special features of the Bachelor's course American Studies at the University of Mainz include the dual-subject combination, which combines the major subject with a minor subject, thereby taking into account specific career choices and qualification profiles (e.g. focus on culture, media technology, and public relations work, or on politics, economics, and administration). An additional advantage of American Studies at Mainz University is the cultural-scientific profile as well as the inter- and transdisciplinary focus of the course. American Studies is also part of the network of teaching options and subject combinations in the field of culture and media science, which has been expanded systematically at the Johannes Gutenberg University over the past few years. The subject can be combined with aspects of social science, economics, and cultural studies. At the media site in Mainz, courses are available in communication studies, journalism, and book studies, as well as theater studies, film studies, media dramaturgy, and media management.

It is clear that the Bachelor's course in American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University provides an excellent basis for a pragmatically oriented, methodical and theoretical education with an interdisciplinary approach, which prepares students systematically for further studies with a Master's course in media, languages, culture, and literature, and consequently also for a high position within the information society, for which the Rhine-Main region is a key focus area.

Through the intensive teaching and interlinking of general knowledge, key academic skills, and abilities for the professional world, students are taught preparatory, hermeneutic-historical, empirical and theoretical knowledge step-by-step. The analytical function of these is tested on example subject matter and combined with practical exercises.

The main features of the American Studies Bachelor's course include:

  • A streamlined but transparent sequence of modular course content,
  • pragmatically oriented teaching of key skills,
  • which create the core competences required for communications work within the information society
  • while at the same time preparing students consecutively for a research-oriented further education course or doctorate,
  • without premature specialization limiting the flexibility required when entering the professional would.

American Studies courses are taught exclusively in English.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).