D.1. General Information about Program

Welcome to our Department, officially recognized as Turkey's best department for research in American Culture & Literature. Alongside staff with expertise in many areas ranging from Gender Studies to Visual Arts, from Literary Theory to Film Studies, from Environmental Literature to Ethnic Studies, from Translation to Life Writing, we offer an impressive record of student achievement and a very active student life.

Established in 1982, the Department of American Culture and Literature of Hacettepe University was the first deparment of American Studies in Turkey. Since the deparment was first founded, it has offered undergraduate and graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) degrees with the contribution of Turkish and foreign scholars. The courses offered in the department define and analyze the development of American literary and cultural traditions and examine the multicultural structure of American society in all its diversity and depth. The courses in the program focus on the cultural, literary, historical, intellectual, social, artistic and political aspects of the USA and how these ideas have developed from the inception of American culture and literature to the present. The objective of the department's interdisciplinary and intercultural approach is to enable students to develop a critical insight into various literary and cultural traditions.

Assoc. Prof. Bilge Mutluay Çetintaş, Department Chair

D.2 Qualification Awarded


Bachelor's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


In order to be admitted to the Department of American Culture and Literature, the student is required to have completed the Turkish secondary education (or an equivalent education abroad) and to have obtained sufficient grades from the national university exam. Students are required to enter exams organized by OSYM, to fill out the required forms and to enter the required listing from a sufficient number. The placement of the student in the department is carried out by OSYM as a result of the central placement system. For detailed information, consult the OSYM website (

Students admited to the Department of American Culture and Literature are required to take the English exam to be exempt from the preparatory year. Students who pass this exam start their undergraduate education in the department while the others start their one-year English preparation education.

Students of foreign nationalities are accepted to the program under the requirements of the Hacettepe University Senate.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


To be able to earn a bachelor's degree in American Culture and Literature, students need to take 240 ECTS credits and have a minimum GPA of 2,00 out of 4,00.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


Students who earn the right to enroll in the American Culture and Literature Department can be exempt from certain courses within the scope of related rules and regulations. In the case that the content of a course taken from another university matches a given course in Hacettepe University and is accepted by the educational board, the student can be deemed exempt from that course. To apply for a lateral transfer, students need to fulfill the conditions given in Hacettepe University's Rules and Regulations for Undergraduate Programs.


D.7. Goals and Objectives


The objective of the Department of American Culture and Literature is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competence required in the field in order to be employed in public and private sectors. The program focuses on raising literary and cultural critics who are sensitive to societal and ethical principles; who are respectful of themselves and of others; who aim at improving themselves constantly; who adopt scientific thinking; who can use English and their mother tongues effectively; who carry out the requirements of contemporary critical methods; who are open to different thoughts and cultures and who can think creatively and critically.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Career opportunities for the graduates of the Department of American Culture and Literature are quite diverse. While some of our graduates work as research assistants in related departments of universities, others work at ministries such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade, at organizations such as State Planning and Central Intelligence, at national and international institutions and companies, at visual and print media institutions, at translation agencies, at publishing houses and news agencies. Moreover, our graduates are also employed at various institutions related to the European Union.

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


* The undergraduate program of the Department of American Culture and Literature consists of 240 ECTS credits.

* In order to graduate from the program, students need to acquire a total of 128 credits (national) from their courses; 75 credits from their compulsory courses (25 courses), 27 credits from their departmental electives (9 courses) and 26 credits from non-departmental electives. The courses of TKD, AIT, BEB and UNI101 are not included in these 128 credits.

* Specified in the Higher Education Law, the common compulsory courses of TKD, AIT and BEB are taken in the first and second years of the program and are included in the 240 ECTS credits.

* Elective courses are suggested, starting with the first term of the first year.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Assessment and grading criteria (mid-terms, homework, final exams, etc.) and examination regulations for each course and their percentages are defined under the title of “Assessment Methods” in the Course Information Pack of the program. Final exams are carried out on certain dates determined by the university, at certain times and places announced by the department. Students' final semester grades are determined by the instructor and are based on students' mid-term and final grades, their work during the term and their attendance record.

In determining the final grades and setting up exams, the relevant articles of Hacettepe University's Rules and Regulations for Undergraduate Education and Testing are implemented.


D.16. Graduation Requirements


In order to graduate from the program, students are required to complete the following requirements:

Have taken all the courses determined in their program and passed them, acquiring a minimum of 240 ECTS credits,

Have a minimum GPA of 2.00 out of 4.00 by the end of their undergraduate courses.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Assoc. Prof. Bilge Mutluay Çetintaş Department Chair


Tel: +90 312 297 85 00 - 111

Fax: +90 312 299 20 85

Address: Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Edebiyat Fakültesi Amerikan Kültürü ve Edebiyatı Bölümü

Beytepe Kampüsü, Ankara

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