American Studies, full-time, second cycle programme (S2-AM)
(in Polish: Studia amerykanistyczne, stacjonarne, drugiego stopnia)
second cycle programme
full-time, 2-year studies
Academic areas: humanities and social science
Academic fields: literature, history, political science, sociology, cultural studies
The leading field: cultural 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 US and Latin America—culture, literature, arts, film, media, history, economy, politics, history of ideas, society, and law.
The ASC has a full-time liberal arts master program. It lasts two years or four semesters. Instruction is in English by permanent and adjunct faculty. Additionally, students are offered classes in Spanish. Among our permanent faculty are four US-born professors and one professor of political science from Mexico.
The MA Program in American Studies, with the Western Hemispheric studies component, is unique in the Polish higher education system. The program is meant to help develop research skills (especially through the system of research proseminars) and offers courses on the United States of America, Latin American, and the whole region of the Western Hemisphere.
In addition, students have opportunities to develop skills other than those needed for conducting research; they become proficient in the so-called “soft skills” which they need both in academia and outside (e.g., self-presentation, teamwork, intercultural communication, work organization, and effective time management).
Our graduates are awarded MA degrees in American studies. They are familiar with facts and understand processes and cultural phenomena in both Americas. They are acquainted with theories explaining the complexity of relationships between the phenomena. They know how to identify, understand, describe, interpret, and explain the causes and the dynamics of cultural and social processes in both Americas. They know how to use various resources for this purpose and how to employ several research methods developed in humanities and social sciences. Their English is at least at B2+ level and – provided they take the Spanish language course - Spanish is at least at A2 level.
Thanks to our program, our graduates have skills and competences to collect, evaluate, and classify cultural facts and to draw conclusions. They know how to work in a team, how to develop a project, how to present its results. In short, they know how to carry out work done daily by researchers, entrepreneurs, journalists, teachers of humanities and social sciences, social activists, and specialists working at various public institutions.
Our graduates have skills and competences to continue their studies in a doctoral or PhD programs in humanities or social science with specialization in American, Latin American or Western Hemisphere studies.
ASC graduates find employment in business, trade, journalism, media, cultural institutions, higher education, public administration, diplomacy, international organizations, and tourism.
The UW „Ksawerów” Building at 22 Aleja Niepodległości, Mokotów
We provide a comfortable environment for our students. The ASC has 14 classrooms and lecture halls on the two floors of the UW “Ksawerow” building at Aleja Niepodleglosci 22. We hold classes Monday through Friday between 9:45 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.
As for disabled access to our facilities, the “Ksawerow” building is fitted with an elevator and a wheelchair ramp. The bathrooms are accessible for wheelchair users and fully adapted for disabled use.
Thirteen of our classrooms are fitted with computer equipment, have Internet access as well as all the hardware and software necessary to play popular video formats, DVDs, and video CDs. At the “Ksawerow” facility 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
2nd cycle program
Knowledge: an alumnus knows and understands:
- the specifics of the field and methodologies, the position and significance of humanities and social sciences in scholarship, as well as their main development trends
- academic theories and advanced methodology which constitute organized general knowledge in the field of humanities and social sciences in relation to the Americas, as well as select detailed problems on an advanced level within the same subject field
- the tools and techniques of gathering data specific to various disciplines within humanities and social sciences which are used in American Studies and are vital for research as well as advanced analysis and interpretation of cultural and social phenomena, select research traditions and schools in the Americas
- the paradigm of interdisciplinarity of American Studies research conducted within the humanities and social sciences; the need to integrate research perspectives and methods specific to various academic disciplines, which are used for interdisciplinary American Studies concerned with the Americas
- 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 in the Americas, their governing regularities, norms, and rules, their evolution, the causes and consequences of the occurring changes
- the characteristics of a person as a creator of culture in the Americas, rooted in historical, social, and political contexts as well as methods of analysis and interpretation of the works they create
- the fundamental dilemmas of contemporary Western civilization
- the rules of Industrial Property Protection and Copyright Laws as well as Intellectual Property Management
- the operating principles of systems and institutions specific to professional activity related to American Studies
Skills: an alumnus is able to
- apply acquired knowledge of theory to properly identify, understand, analyze, and interpret the causes and course of complex cultural and social processes and phenomena as well as the mutual relationships between them in the context of interdisciplinary American Studies concerning the Western hemisphere, using specialist sources and advanced research methods and tools in the realm of humanities and social sciences
- synthesize diverse views on the subject of cultural and social phenomena, formulate their own opinions and in-depth theoretical assessments, creatively interpret and present data, including using advanced information and communication technologies
- independently formulate and verify research hypotheses based on acquired knowledge as well as solve complex and unique problems in an innovative way by correctly selecting sources and using the acquired information about cultural and social phenomena and processes in the Americas
- forecast and model complex social and cultural processes using advanced methods and tools from the fields of humanities and social sciences within the field of American Studies
- engage with the academic community on American Studies topics using specialist terminology in English, as well as skillfully present topics related to this field to diverse audiences; acquire and critically select data from various sources, integrate the acquired information, interpret them and critically analyze their usefulness, come to conclusions, formulate and exhaustively justify opinions in English
- prepare and deliver oral presentations in English about detailed problems from the field of American Studies; prepare written essays, presentations, and speeches in English in a clear, logical, and precise manner
- demonstrate fluency in English on a B2+ level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and deepen knowledge of Spanish
- participate in preparing research projects in the field of broadly understood interdisciplinary American Studies, organize the work of a team, plan and conduct research on their own or in a team
- independently plan and complete learning goals throughout their life and support others in doing so; apply acquired knowledge to conducting research in various scopes and forms and to determining avenues of further knowledge expansion through the process of self-study
Social competences: an alumnus is ready to:
- apply acquired interdisciplinary knowledge from the field of American Studies by critically evaluating its efficacy and usefulness for solving cognitive and practical problems; expand their knowledge and develop skills to order to interpret and analyze problems related to the cultural regions of the Americas
- inspire and organize activities on behalf of society and public interest resulting from the fulfillment of social obligations, initiate activities in the public interest
- participate in cultural life on an international level and benefit from its diverse forms, including via foreign-language media
- continue their education in the form of doctoral and postgraduate studies, develop professionally while adhering to rules of professional ethics, formulate and relay information and opinions in a clear manner, especially those concerning various aspects of the field of American Studies, including taking positions in ideological disputes in the context of social and cultural phenomena happening contemporarily in the Americas