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The Department of American Studies (Institut für Amerikanistik), together with the Department of English Studies (Institut für Anglistik), the following programs:

  • B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)
  • M.A. (Masters of Arts)
  • Joint Master's Degree in English and American Studies
  • Doctorate (Doctor of Philosophy)
  • Teaching degree (Lehramt)



The Department offers courses in American literature and cultural studies, including introductory courses, lectures, special topics courses, surveys and period courses, and Master Research Seminars.


Course Types

  • "Übungen" are courses in which students are expected to participate actively in class, with an emphasis on the acquisition of practical competence.
  • "Proseminars" also require active class participation but, in addition to their practical aims, emphasize the acquisition of theoretical knowledge or analytical competence.
  • "Seminars" are advanced-level courses with a scholarly orientation. Students are expected to participate actively in class.
  • "Lectures" require continuous reading of course material and preparation of weekly assignments by students.


Main Areas of Research and Teaching

  • American literary and cultural history
  • Transnational American studies
  • Urban studies
  • Adaptation and intermediality studies
  • Film and media studies
  • Ethnic studies
  • Gender studies
  • Performance studies


Department of American Studies
Attemsgasse 25/II, 8010 Graz
Office: Sonja Schmeh Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 2465


Office Hours:
Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m

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