American studies, full-time, first cycle programme (S1-AM)
(in Polish: Studia amerykanistyczne, stacjonarne, pierwszego stopnia)
first cycle programme
full-time, 3-year studies
The American Studies Center is an interdisciplinary research and higher-education institution of the University of Warsaw. Its faculty members specialize in various fields of knowledge about the United States and Latin America—culture, literature, arts, film, media, history, economy, politics, history of ideas, society, and law.
The American Studies Center has a full-time liberal arts undergraduate program in American Studies. The program lasts three years (or six semesters). All instruction is conducted in English, by permanent and adjunct faculty. Among our permanent faculty are four US-born professors and one professor of political science from Mexico. The program covers both humanities and social sciences—literature, history, political science, sociology, as well as the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies. That last field, cultural studies, is the leading one in the program. The ASC American studies program is one of the largest in Europe. It’s also unique in Poland in that it’s interdisciplinary and includes a comparative perspective on the US vis-à-vis Latin America. It’s also unique in that it’s an all-English program, thus promoting intercultural understanding and international exchange. Our American studies program teaches how “to address the problems of the modern era—locally, regionally, and supra-regionally,” and helps develop “skills most looked for by employers on today’s job market” (from the mission of the UW Institute of the Americas and Europe to which the ASC belongs).
The program includes obligatory courses introducing students to the five major disciplines as well as elective courses helping students expand their knowledge within individual disciplines, in particular knowledge relevant to research projects which students engage in for the purposes of their BA theses. The program also provides for courses on research methods in humanities and social sciences as well as courses in academic writing in English. Research grants of up to 5,000 PLN allow our best students to travel abroad for research purposes to other American Studies libraries in Europe or the United States and to conduct empirical research there.
The current study program is available on the website of American Studies Center.
The graduates of the ASC’s undergrad program are awarded BA degrees in American Studies. They have knowledge allowing them understand various cultural phenomena, in particular those of the United States of America. Trained to understand various cultural phenomena and institutions, ASC alumni seek employment in the media, cultural institutions, foundations, institutions of state administration, local governments, and other public institutions.
Our graduates know how to formulate and address various research problems; they know how to identify, understand, interpret, explain and analyze the causes and dynamics of cultural processes and phenomena observable in the US. They know how to use various resources for this purpose and how to employ several research methods and tools developed in humanities and social sciences.
ASC alumni have all the necessary skills and competences to collect, evaluate, and sort various facts of culture and society, and to draw conclusions. In short, they know how to carry out work done by researchers, entrepreneurs, journalists, teachers of humanities and social sciences, social activists, and specialists working at various public institutions.
Thanks to our interdisciplinary program, our graduates can not only recognize and understand basic phenomena and processes, but also collect, connect, and interpret them, and on their basis offer autonomous judgments and opinions. Our BA graduates are equipped with skills and competences necessary to continue their studies at the MA level.
ASC graduates find employment in business, trade, journalism, media, cultural institutions, higher education, public administration, diplomacy, international organizations, and tourism.
ASC provides a comfortable environment for the students. The ASC has or makes use of 15 classrooms and lecture halls, fourteen of which are on the two floors of the UW “Ksawerow” building at Aleja Niepodleglosci 22. Apart from that, we hold lectures in one hall at UW major facility on the main campus, Auditorium Maximum, at Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28. We hold classes Monday through Friday between 9:45 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.
As for disabled access to our facilities, the big lecture hall we use at Auditorium Maximum is situated on the ground floor, whereas the “Ksawerow” building is fitted with an elevator. Both buildings have wheelchair ramps as well as bathrooms accessible for wheelchair users and fully adapted for disabled use.
Thirteen of the classrooms we occupy or are let to use are fitted with computer equipment, with Internet access as well as all the hardware and software necessary to play popular video formats, DVDs, and video CDs. Both at the “Ksawerow” building and Auditorium Maximum the wireless network EDUROAM is available.
The ASC Library collection is highly valued by students, researchers, and journalists in American studies. The library holdings include materials on both the United States and Latin America, in both humanities and social sciences.
Access to further studies:
Legal basis: SENATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW RESOLUTION NO 289 from March 21st, 2018 on determining learning outcomes for the American Studies program
Knowledge: an alumnus knows and understands:
- the position and significance of humanities and social sciences in scholarship, the specificities of the fields and their methodologies, relations to other fields of study and their main development trends
- theories, methodologies, terminology, methods, tools and techniques of gathering data, select traditions, research schools, and directions of development specific to various fields of the humanities and social sciences, vital for the research of cultural and social phenomena in the United States
- the paradigm of interdisciplinarity of American Studies research used to study the society and culture of the United States
- the characteristics of a person as a subject constituting social structures and the rules under which they function, including the position of an individual and the types of social bonds and structures, their evolution, governing regularities, norms, and rules
- products of American culture and the historical, social, and political contexts specific to them, as well as signs and processes characteristic of contemporary cultural, social, and political life in the United States
- the system of norms and rules, legal, economic, cultural, and social conditions in the United States in a historical and contemporary context which are the basis for American Studies
- basic concepts and rules from the field of Industrial Property Protection and Copyright Law
- basic rules of how the American economy works and creation and development of various forms of entrepreneurship in the United States
- how systems and institutions specific to the field of American Studies concerning the United States work
Skills: an alumnus is able to:
- formulate a research question, recognize, understand, interpret, explain and analyze causes and the course of cultural and social processes and phenomena in the United States using sources and standard research methods and tools from the field of humanities and social sciences
- recognize and interpret products of American culture and conduct an analysis of them using standard methods, allowing for an evaluation of their significance and impact on the historical and cultural process of the United States
- apply basic theoretical knowledge to describe and analyze cultural and social processes and phenomena in the United States
- conduct and analysis of the cultural and social processes and phenomena in the United States and correctly use normative systems to solve problems from the field of American Studies concerning the United States
- communicate about topics from the field of American Studies concerning the United States using terminology in English; know the rules of intercultural communication
- gather and select data from various sources from the field of American Studies, integrate the acquired information, interpret them, draw conclusions, formulate opinions, prepare and give presentations and speeches in English on general / basic issues from the field of American Studies concerning the United States, as well as prepare written essays in English
- demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language other than English on a B1 level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- participate, under the supervision of an academic advisor, in the preparation of (individual and group) research projects from the field of American Studies concerning the United States
- further expand and develop knowledge about the United States through independent study
Social competences: an alumnus is ready to:
- use the interdisciplinary knowledge they gained in the field of American Studies concerning the United States to formulate their own opinions
- cooperate and work in a group
- continue their education, formulate information and opinions about the United States in a clear manner