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.
Admission rules for candidates with Polish diplomas
Admission to the first year of the second-cycle program is available to individuals who have obtained a BA diploma, an engineer diploma, an MA diploma, or an equivalent.
The basis for qualification to study is a written exam, which is a test of predisposition to study in English.
Candidates should be able to use English at the B2 level at least.
The entrance exam consists of 100 questions. Every question is followed by four answers to choose from, of which only one is correct.
The questions are developed in order to measure:
1. language skills. The test requires knowledge of English at the B2 level.
2. intellectual ability to study:
2a. intellectual aptitude and ability to comprehend academic texts.
2b. basic knowledge about historical events, geographical objects and phenomena, political, and social phenomena, art movements, and ideologies key for cultures of the Western Hemisphere, with a focus on the United States of America.
In the course of the exam, the candidates are asked to read excerpts from popular-science and academic texts representing the five major disciplines comprising American studies--history, political science, sociology, cultural studies, literary studies. The assignments received by the candidates are supposed to test their ability to process the information contained in the texts: formulating conclusions, building opposition, retracing the sequence of events, and identifying emotional states, moral judgments, and political views of the author or the narrator. Linguistic comprehension of the texts requires knowledge of English at the B2 level, but it is not enough to complete the tasks. For this, intellectual predispositions and training, as well as general knowledge about the US and the Western Hemisphere are necessary.
Candidates receive 1 point for every correct answer and minus 0,25 point for every incorrect answer.
Candidates must receive at least 50 points out of 100. Those who received a smaller number of points are disqualified from admission.
Additional information about the exam:
To prepare, candidates should follow current events in the US and Western hemisphere and be familiar with general information on the US history, culture, literature, political system, and economics. We recommend: A New Introduction to American Studies by Howard Temperley and Christopher Bigsby (Routledge 2005) as a basic source of information on these topics.
Admission rules for candidates with foreign diplomas
Candidates are qualified on the same rules as applicable to candidates with Polish diplomas.
Checking Candidates' competences to undertake studies conducted in English language
Passing the exam in English confirms the candidate’s English language skills necessary to study in this language (in the case of candidates who do not have one of the documents confirming English language skills accepted by the University of Warsaw).
Date of the exam: 20th of September, 2022, 10.00 a.m. -12.00 p.m., Adam Mickiewicz Hall optional rooms A, B, C, D; Auditorium Maximum UW, Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28
Announcement of the results: 26th of September, 2022
Reception of the documents:
- I round: 27th-28th of September, 2022
- II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 29th-30th of September, 2022
The studies are payable for citizens of Non-UE/EFTA countries (EEA parties) and Switzerland - tuition fees
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