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Welcome to the America Institute in Munich

America Institute since COVID-19

Our institute introduces itself

America Institute since COVID-19

Resources for Online Semesters (PDF)

Please check out our pdf guide for important information and links that will support your online studies.

Winter semester 2020-21

In winter semester 2020-21, while adjusting to the restrictions to maintain public health, American Studies students have remained engaged in their courses and the news of the day. Faculty have continued with online teaching, and with the benefit of experience, have offered the full range of courses including lectures, foundation courses, seminars, and individual advising of independent study and thesis projects.

The highlights of the semester included two online lecture series, American Studies Today and Pandemics in American History and Culture. Invited international scholars and Amerika-Institut faculty shared their research in well-attended weekly lectures and lively discussions focusing on the most pressing issues of our time.

We will continue to engage current events as our academic work coincides with developments in the U.S., Canada, and at the U.S./Mexican border. Our discussions are ongoing, with events sponsored by the America Institute and Amerikahaus providing perspectives on our current moment. Join the conversation!

Summer semester 2020

In Summer Semester 2020, due to the coronavirus, we shifted to online instruction and continued our programming to include excellent lectures, workshops, and conferences delivered remotely through the America Institute and America House. Please see the links to these events below.

In our teaching evaluations, organized by the Fachschaft, students generally praised the approaches to online teaching. Before the semester began, the faculty retrained and retooled their courses to teach online, resulting in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous options. Although everyone would like to return to in-person class meetings, students were able to continue with their studies while meeting the current health guidelines. In sum, digitalization and remote learning have led to innovative course offerings and new connections with international scholars, which will continue in the future.

Despite the challenges of this time, our faculty and students, with the support of LMU, have maintained a commitment to teaching and research. Looking ahead, concerns about the effects of the pandemic, systemic racism, and the upcoming presidential election, and the ongoing development of new approaches to American Studies scholarship, will lead to meaningful discussions and events in the winter semester 20/21. Stay tuned!

Some of our events since COVID-19

Our institute introduces itself

The America Institute of the LMU Munich, founded in 1949, is the oldest and one of the largest institutes of its kind in Germany.

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Research and study programs

The institute offers a bachelor's degree in “North American Studies” and a master's degree in “American History, Culture and Society”. It also participates in programs in comparative literature, media culture studies, Jewish studies, film research, religious studies and in doctoral programs of the faculty.

The America Institute's research and study programs impart basic and in-depth knowledge of the social, cultural, literary, economic and political history and present of the Americas, especially the United States and Canada. They treat them in an interdisciplinary manner and relate North America to other regions of the world with their respective historical and cultural developments.

Diverse specialization options

The Amerika-Institut offers the possibility of an intensive, but at the same time very diverse specialization in terms of method and content.

In view of the large number of employees, the research and work priorities on American history are broadly diversified: US History, Inter-American History, North America in Global Perspective, History of Canada, Transatlantic History; Europe and North America in a comparative historical perspective, history of the African Americans, environmental history of North America in an international context, history of religion, history of migration, history of parties and politics, history of law, history of sports, history of popular culture, architecture, urban space. Chronological priorities are set in the 19th and the second half of the 20th century.

Discover our research spectrum!


Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
America Institute
Schellingstrasse 3 VG
80799 Munich
Tel: +49 (0) 89/2180 - 2739
Fax: +49 (0) 89/2180 - 16523
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