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. The fee for international candidates is 2000 Euro per semester. Candidates from the eu and efta are exempted from the fee.

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.

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.

Class Attendance Rules

The Exam Session

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 2018/2019:

  • The deadline to submit a thesis: by March 4, 2019
    The exam dates: March 29, 2019
  • The deadline to submit a thesis: by June 3, 2019
    The exam dates: July 2-5, 2019
  • The deadline to submit a thesis: by September 3, 2019
    The exam dates: September 24-26, 2019
  • The deadline to submit a thesis: by November 27, 2019
    The exam dates: December 18, 2019

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 3, 2019 will irreversibly result in postponing of a BA or MA exam until the end of September 2019.

You are being informed about the planned exam dates and submission deadliness 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

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 60 points for BA studies and 30 points for MA studies (see tables with grading below). 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.

OZN events include the following:

  • All guest lectures, conferences, and seminars held at the ASC. We especially recommend the American Studies Colloquium Series.
  • Outside events announced on the OZN notice board on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OZN.OSA.UW/
  • Events suggested by students and approved by the OZN coordinator. In order to suggest an event, send a link to the coordinator via the OZN facebook page (send a message) at least a week in advance. It will be posted for all to see.
  • Sometimes we recommend movies (esp. documentaries) for 1 OZN (2 if there is a discussion or a panel).
  • We usually do not approve ASC events after the fact. If a signature cannot be obtained, you may visit the OZN coordinator during her office hours within 14 days of the event and get her signature.
  • Active participation in academic conferences (presenting a paper at a conference during the studies fulfills the entire OZN requirement with an excellent grade [5]). More information about upcoming conferences: http://unikonferencje.pl
  • Publications in academic journals (an article in a serious journal i.e. one that has an ISSN number and publishes regularly, an article has to be in Polish or English and concern American or cultural studies) fulfills the entire OZN requirement with an excellent grade [5]).
  • Publications in WASP, the ASC student journal. Editors of the journal negotiate the number of OZN points with the coordinator.
  • Participation in ASC Student Seminars (Koło Naukowe) and Research Groups (Grupy Badawcze) (organizers receive double number of points). Groups’ supervisors decide exact number of points.
  • When announced: help with conference organization at the ASC.
  • When announced: help in organizing ASC academic events or work on the ASC website/Facebook profile.
  • When approved: help in research by an ASC faculty.
  • In special cases: additional elective courses or OGUNs in place of OZNs (ECTS count must be equivalent). Note that this option requires getting permission from the Counselor for Students’ Affairs.
  • In special cases: work-study programs at institutions such as the American Embassy.

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

THE OZN GRADE

Depends on the number of hours:

B.A. students entering the ASC in 2018-2019:

HOURS GRADE
50-54 dostateczny (3))
55-59 dostateczny plus (3+))
60-64 dobry (4))
65-69 dobry plus (4+))
70 bardzo dobry (5))

B.A. students entering the ASC in 2017-2018:

HOURS GRADE
40-44 dostateczny (3))
45-49 dostateczny plus (3+))
50-54 dobry (4))
55-59 dobry plus (4+))
60 bardzo dobry (5))

Contact

dr Małgorzata Gajda-Łaszewska

ASC Counselor for Students’ Affairs

mgajda@uw.edu.pl

+48 22 55 333 19

Room 303