The master's program is an interdisciplinary program of area studies that focuses on the Americas as well as the Caribbean. However, the master's program is more than the sum of North American, Latin American, and Caribbean studies. Specifically, it focuses on the exchange processes and interrelations between regions, societies and cultures. Therefore, it includes the academic disciplines of linguistics, literary studies, cultural studies, media studies, history as well as sociology and political science. In other words, the master program makes the transnational dynamics and intercultural processes of the Americas and the Caribbean its field of research.
Therefore, it includes transcultural studies as well as border studies, global studies, postcolonial studies, decolonial studies, entangled histories, among others.The master is an international program taught in English and Spanish that counts on the regular presence of international guest lecturers. It has an extensive network of partner universities in North, Center, and South America. Furthermore, the master offers a specific scholarship program to study a semester abroad and even an optional double degree program. The master program is integrated in the Center for InterAmerican Studies (CIAS) of Bielefeld University.