Study Programs

American Literature is a part of several study programs that lead to different degrees and correspond to different career plans. If you have questions, do not hesitate contact the Student Advisors of the Chair of American Literature, Christina Caupert and Dr. Timo Müller.


Students can obtain the academic degree "Bachelor of Arts" after completing this six-semester program. Rather than training for a specific career path, it provides academic, scholarly, and practical skills that are expected in various careers (such as journalism, publishing, and many corporate jobs). English and American Studies (Anglistik/Amerikanistik) can be taken as a major or a minor. The Chair of American Literature contributes to the program in the disciplines of literary studies and cultural studies.

Following the introduction of the Bachelor's degree in Germany, it has become clear that many employers regard the B.A. as an intermediary degree and prefer applicants who hold higher-level degrees. Therefore the Chair of American Literature contributes to a number of Master's programs that are open to students who hold a Bachelor's degree in English or American Literature or related humanities subjects.


Our Master's programs are open to applicants who hold a Bachelor’s degree or have reached a comparable level of academic training. The Chair of American Literature is affiliated with the following Master's programs:

Lehramt Program (vertieft or nicht-vertieft)

This program leads to the state exam (Staatsexamen), which, together with the subsequent practical training period (Referendariat), is a requirement for teaching at German schools. At the University of Augsburg programs for various types of schools are offered (Gymnasium, Realschule, Hauptschule, Grundschule). The program includes two subjects--for example English and another subject--as well as courses in pedagogy and psychology (EWS). For the subject of English, students take modules in literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies, and didactics, as well as English language courses such as Grammar, Writing, and Pronunciation.

Ph.D Program

The Chair of American Literature offers a Ph.D. program under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hubert Zapf. It leads up to the academic degree of Dr. phil.

The Chair of American Literature is affiliated with the following Ph.D-programs offered by the Augsburg Graduate School of the Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • English and American Studies

  • Literary Studies

  • Ethics of Textual Cultures 

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