Doctoral Program in Transnational/Transatlantic
American Studies

This structured doctoral program, which is jointly organized by the American Studies programs of the Ruhr universities, brings together young researchers from all over the world. Candidates pursuing a PhD at the RuhrCenter of American Studies are invited to participate in events, activities, and seminars at all three partner universities; most candidates have advisors from two different universities; they become part of a diverse and creative research community.

Transnational/Transatlantic American Studies: Curriculum

Over the course of the three-year program, doctoral candidates

  • take seminars in American Studies,
  • participate in three research colloquia where they present their work in progress to peers and senior scholars,
  • gain teaching experience in their field of expertise,
  • engage in practically oriented skills courses in areas such as university-level teaching, or intercultural management, organizing symposia and conferences, and editorial work.

Doctoral Degree Regulations

The regulations for the degree pogram can be found here.
The program at the RuhrCenter is enriched by a research stay at a U.S. partner university.


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