North American Studies is a joint program within Social Sciences and Humanities. Organized by the JMC and the Department of English, the program offers an exciting transdisciplinary and multi-methodological approach to the study of North America.

About Studying North America

North American Studies provides students with an opportunity to assess from a variety of perspectives the societies, cultures, and politics of North American nations, communities, and phenomena. As an alternative to conventional disciplinary teaching, the program uses phenomenon-based and participatory learning as its principal study methods. The geographical focus of the program is on the United States and Canada, but it also includes discussions of transnational relations with Mexico and the Caribbean. The program is open to both degree students and exchange students at the University of Turku.

Basic Studies (25 ECTS)

With particular foci on identity formations, historical currents, and contemporary societal, cultural, and political phenomena, students become familiar with transdisciplinary, phenomenon-based learning. They learn key concepts, traditions, and terminology related to North American Studies as a field of study, giving them a foundation for the research-based approaches at the intermediate level.

Intermediate Studies (35 ECTS)

With a particular focus on research-based teaching, the classes at the intermediate level promote critical thinking, analytical approaches, and participatory learning. Students learn to problematize discourses, activities, and representations related to North American Studies. Through research assignments, they learn various conceptual frameworks and research practices. They also gain experience in group discussion, teamwork, and oral presentations, as well as skills in academic writing.


Dr. Benita Heiskanen
Professor of North American Studies
Tel. +358-29-450 2205

Dr. Janne Korkka
University Lecturer, English
Tel. +358-29-450 3322