American studies in advanced English

For whom

The American Studies in Advanced English Minor program is open to all students. It gives you a thorough analysis and understanding of how the US came to be and how its culture developed over time, providing invaluable insights for those looking to work in America or with an American company.

You can also follow this minor as a part-time student. Ask the minor contact person for the possibilities.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but you are expected to have attained English CEFR level B2. During the program, you are required to read a lot, give presentations, and write essays in English. If you are unsure about your level, you can do a (free) written and spoken assessment. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

Content

With over 325 million inhabitants, the United States has a diverse culture that is sometimes difficult to understand. The American Studies in Advanced English Minor program was designed to broaden your cultural and historical understanding of the US.

The program consists of six interconnected courses, focusing on the political and geographical profile of the country, how history has shaped its culture and what binds and separates those millions of people in one of the most influential countries in the world.

Learning objectives

This program was designed to broaden your cultural and historical understanding of the United States of America. It will also improve your understanding and fluency of the English language, as it is taught entirely in English.

Courses

The program consists of six courses, three per period, and comes to a total of 30 ECTS.

Title Subject
Habits of the Heart Core Values in American Life and Government
Spirit Cultural Identity in American Arts and Literature
Historical Backgrounds American History to 1900
Postcards from America American Political Geography: Sense of Place and Immigrant Groups
Change in America Changes in the History of the United States after 1900
Culture Survey Survey of Contemporary Culture

Assessment

Classes will consist of lectures, activities, presentations, group work, journals, blogs, and written and oral tests. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of each course.

Literature

The following literature will be discussed during the minor. You will receive a definite reading list before the start of the minor.

  • Reynolds, David. America, Empire of Liberty: A New History.
  • Ward, Geoffrey C, Ken Burns and Ric Burns. Civil War.
  • Ragone, Nick. The Everything American Government Book: From the Constitution to Present-Day Elections, All You Need to Understand Our Democratic System.
  • Takaki, Ronald T. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America.
  • Woodward, Colin. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.
  • Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. Random House edition.

Schedule

The timetable and the teaching days are not yet known.

Additional costs

€100