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: history, political science, sociology, cultural studies, and literature
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 Western Hemisphere—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, adjunct, and visiting faculty. Additionally, students are offered classes in Spanish. Among our permanent faculty are Polish professors as well as professors from the US and 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, also 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). Research grants 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.
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 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.
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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
The graduate has achieved the learning outcomes defined for the study program.
The graduate knows and understands in-depth :
- the significance of cultural studies, religion studies, history, literary studies, sociology, political science and administration, their position in the scholarship system, the specificity of these fields, and their relations to other fields of study within humanities and social sciences; the paradigm of interdisciplinary research and the need to integrate perspectives and research methods in the field of American Studies
- select facts, objects, processes, creations, and cultural phenomena related to the Americas, as well as theories explaining the complex dependencies between them, which constitute advanced general knowledge from the field of cultural and religion studies; historical, social, political, and economic contexts characteristic to the cultural lives of the Americas
- the terminology, methods, tools and techniques of data gathering, select research traditions and schools, and the directions in which they are developing, crucial for studying cultural phenomena in the Americas
- the characteristics of humans as creators of culture in the Americas; the specificity of American cultures, their development and transformations, including the dilemmas of contemporary cultures and civilizations specific to the Americas; the system of norms and rules, cultural conditioning and resulting legal and social conditioning in a historical and contemporary context
- theoretical and methodological approaches within social sciences which are necessary for research, advanced analysis, and interpretation of how societies function in the Americas
- select issues, facts, processes, social phenomena, characteristics of social structures and the rules of how they function, including the position of an individual, the types of social bonds and structures in the Americas, the regularities, norms, and rules governing them, their evolutions as well as the causes and consequences of the changes happening within them
- main trends in literature and has an overview of the history of North and Latin American literature which are a vital element of American Studies research; theoretical and methodological basics of literary studies
- historical processes, important figures in the history of the Americas and significant events which led to the emergence and development of cultures, societies, and states in the Americas; theoretical and methodological basics of historical research
- advanced theoretical and methodological tools of political science and administration which allow them to understand and critically analyze the governing rules of the political system and political institutions of the Americas
- international relations in the Americas as well as the position and role of the United States in hemispherical relations, from a historical and contemporary perspective
The graduate is able to:
- use their knowledge to formulate and creatively solve complex and unusual research tasks and problems, formulate and test related hypotheses by selecting and applying appropriate sources and information, assessing, critically analyzing, synthesizing them, and creatively interpreting in the context of interdisciplinary American Studies
- recognize, understand, describe, interpret, explain, and analyze in-depth the causes, consequences, and the course of processes and phenomena existing in the Americas
- correctly use normative systems characteristic for American cultures and use their knowledge of research traditions and schools from the field of cultural and religion studies in their own research
- notice and analyze manifestations of political culture in the context of events, crises, and routine activities of political systems in the Americas using appropriate theoretical and methodological tools from the field of political science and administration
- interpret works of North and Latin American literature in their various contexts (social, cultural, political) using theoretical and methodological tools from the field of literary studies
- identify and describe social phenomena and manifestations of social culture in the Americas using advanced theoretical and methodological tools from the field of social sciences; formulate and solve research problems in this area
- interpret source texts on the Americas from various time periods, taking into consideration their historical, social, and cultural context, using advanced tools from the field of history
- communicate with diverse audiences and conduct debate on specialized topics related to American Studies in reference to the Americas, using specialized terminology in English (possibly Spanish)
- communicate in English at a level of at least B2+ according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, including specialized terminology
- exhibit entrepreneurship in organizing individual and team work as well as in getting funding for projects, research, and their implementation
The graduate is prepared to:
- critically assess their own knowledge and the content they consume on the Americas
- use the interdisciplinary knowledge they gained in the field of American Studies in order to formulate their own opinions
- accept the significance of knowledge in solving cognitive and practical problems and to seek out expert opinions when they are unable to solve them on their own
- get engaged and use their knowledge from the field of American Studies in the interest of their social environment, to initiate actions for the public good
- act and think in an entrepreneurial fashion
- responsibly fulfill professional roles, taking into account changing social needs; act in accordance with professional ethics and expect it from others
- develop professionally, continue learning and engage in the development of American Studies