Interdisciplinary Certificate North American Studies

The Interdisciplinary Certificate North American Studies at the University of Münster offers students the unique opportunity to create and document a special emphasis on multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to studying North America: its cultures, peoples, histories, languages, and global significances. Currently based on three institutional pillars—Educational Sciences (FB 06), History/Philosophy (FB 08), and Philology (FB 09)—the certificate encourages students in two modules to critically engage with North America in their regular subjects and course loads as well as in certificate-specific formats, such as summer schools, internships, and semesters abroad.

Students interested in pursuing the Interdisciplinary Certificate North American Studies can start documenting their concentration in North American Studies by downloading the module descriptions and the module book. A formal enrollment into the program is not necessary.

Within their respective degree courses, students can then a) have relevant courses and lectures in their regular course program recognized for the certificate, and b) gather additional experience in the field, including a minimum work load of further course work in a discipline other than their own course of studies, in addition to undertaking relevant practical activities. The certificate is open to B.A., M.A., and M.Ed. students of the participating departments and can be completed at any given time, provided the student is still enrolled at the WWU Muenster.
Intellectually challenging and practice-related, the graded certificate will help develop students’ communication skills and the ability to think intelligently, critically, and laterally as they draw on a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and skills to analyze and interpret the North American experience. Thus, the certificate significantly enhances the students’ individual qualifications profile and can help to better position themselves in the various job markets they may wish to pursue after finishing their degree programs.
We cordially invite all students of the participating departments to participate in this attractive certificate program. Studying North America has never been more relevant—or more exciting—than today.

Prof. Dr. Katja Sarkowsky (Coordinator WS 2017/18-SoSe 2018),
Prof. Dr. Heike Bungert,
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Overhoff