Bachelor of Arts (BA) Program

Graduates of the American Studies Center have specialized knowledge about American society and culture, and the relations between the U.S. and the world, including Europe.

What you will learn

The program also includes an academic writing class (English composition)

The first-cycle studies program encompasses introductory lectures to the various disciplines that make up the curriculum, and a spectrum of electives; students are encouraged to enroll in elective classes which would inform their specific research projects. The program also includes an academic writing class (English composition) and other types of classes.

 

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?

The program runs for three years (six semesters).

 

ARE THE CLASSES IN ENGLISH?

All classes are offered in English.

 

LICENCJAT

Graduates will have earned a “licencjat” degree, comparable to Bachelor of Arts degree, in cultural studies with an emphasis in American Studies. Graduates of the Center find employment in an array of professions, e.g. business, foreign trade, journalism, media, culture, education, administration, foreign service and international organization, tourism.

BA PROGRAM FOR 2020/21

Semester 1

History of the United States I

Social Geography of the United States

United States Government

American Society

Audiovisual Culture and Media in the United States

American History and Society

Academic Writing I

Occupational Health & Safety

Intellectual Property Protection

 

Semester 2

History of the United States II

United States and the World

Political Culture in the US

History of American Cinema

Migrations, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States

Academic Writing II

One elective course:

  • (We will be offering for instance: How to Read Literature; Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies; History of Women in the United States; Making Memories: Culture, History, Environment; Mass Media History)

 

Physical education

 

Semester 3

American Literature I (lecture and sections)

Introduction to American Studies

History of American Philosophy

Two elective courses

Foreign language class

Elective courses offered by other depts

Physical education

 

Semester 4

American Literature II (lecture and sections)

Intercultural Communication

Economy of the United States

Key Methods in American Studies

One elective course

Foreign language class

Elective courses offered by other depts

Information Technologies

Physical Education

 

Semester 5

Proseminar

History of American Art

Three elective courses

Foreign language class

Elective courses offered by other depts

 

Semester 6

BA Seminar

Two elective courses

Foreign language class + B1 certification exam

Open lectures held by the ASC and other dept.

Elective courses offered by other depts.

 

 

Course catalogues

Over the years the American Studies Center has offered a variety of courses for students to choose from. The catalogues are a quick and convenient tool to browse through the Center’s course offerings at the particular point in time.

Download The Latest Course Catalogue

 

Previous Catalogues

Curricula

American Studies’ specializations: Society and Culture of the United States and Cultural Studies of Latin America and the Caribbean Islands The first-cycle studies program encompasses introductory lectures to the various disciplines that make up the curriculum, and a spectrum of electives; students are encouraged to enroll in elective classes which would inform their specific research projects. The program also includes an academic writing class (English composition) and other types of classes.

COMPLETION OF THE ELECTIVE COURSES

  • Each student is obliged to complete 9 elective courses.
  • Elective courses end with a final grade.
  • The form of testing knowledge for the final grade is decided by the instructor.
  • In case of failure to complete the course, the instructor decides about the “make-up options”.
  • Students should be informed about such options at the beginning of classes (they should be outlined in the syllabus).
  • The final grade for each course must be given by the end of a particular semester, regardless of the deadline for handing in grades for a particular student.
  • Each student is obliged to complete 3 courses out of each of the following thematic clusters:
    • Cluster #1: Literature; Art; American Thought; Film; Media;
    • Cluster #2: Social and Cultural History; Society; Economy;
    • Cluster #3: American Politics; Foreign Policy; Political history.
  • Each course will be assigned to a given cluster in the Course Catalogue in the current course catalogue; some courses will be assigned to more than one.
  • In order to fulfill the above requirement, students are advised to plan their course selection in advance, taking varied courses each semester.

Schedules of exams

 

BA Examinations

 

The deadlines for the submission of MA and BA theses as well as the planned dates of BA and MA exams at the ASC UW

Dear Students,

Below you will find the deadlines for the submission of MA and BA theses as well as the planned dates of BA and MA exams at the ASC UW in the academic year 2019/2020:

  • The deadline to submit a thesis: by March 4, 2020
    The exam dates: March 27, 2020
  • The deadline to submit a thesis: by June 18, 2020
    The exam dates: July 8-24, 2020
  • The deadline to submit a thesis: by September 3, 2020
    The exam dates: September 22-24, 2020
  • The deadline to submit a thesis: by December 3, 2020
    The exam dates: December 18, 2020

I would like to emphasize that the ASC Director as well as the ASC Students’ Office will strictly adhere to the above deadlines and will not make any exceptions. Failure to submit a thesis by June 18, 2020 will irreversibly result in postponing of a BA or MA exam until the end of September 2020.

You are being informed about the planned exam dates and submission deadlines well ahead of time so you may consider them making plans for holidays and further education.

Sincerely,

Dr. Małgorzata Gajda-Łaszewska
Counselor for Students’ Affairs
ASC UW

Request to appoint an examination committee

 

  1. Student’s full name
  2. Album number
  3. Field of studies
  4. Title of the BA or MA thesis
  5. Suggestion of at least one reviewer (preferably two)
  6. Suggestion of the exam date (in our case we have a period dedicated to the exams, so this is not necessary)
  7. Three questions for the exam, chosen by the student from the list and approved by the supervisor.

Open Academic Sessions (OZN)

WHAT IS IT AND HOW TO GET CREDIT?

Each ASC student receives an OZN card. The purpose of this requirement is to enhance ASC students’ intellectual development through participation in a variety of extracurricular academic activities: public lectures, debates, seminars, or cultural events such as film festivals. While the OZN calendar is kept full by the coordinator, many OZN events are suggested by faculty and students. We strongly encourage student initiative – the whole point is for you to attend events that interest you. The OZN requirement is 70 points for BA studies. In most cases, 1 OZN is awarded for 45 minutes of an academic activity. Each ASC student receives an OZN card where events should be listed. Each event should be signed by the organizer or a member of ASC faculty present.

NOTE: OZN points are not attached to any single semester–you should collect them and receive credit throughout your studies.

Read more about the OZN program opportunities and grading here.

Contact

dr Małgorzata Gajda-Łaszewska

ASC Counselor for Students’ Affairs

mgajda@uw.edu.pl

+48 22 55 333 19

Room 303