Bachelor of Arts
German Language and Literature
B

German Language and Literature

The bachelor's degree program German Language and Literature is split into three focus areas: modern German literature, German medieval studies and German linguistics. This program offers students the opportunity to study the full academic breadth of German literature and linguistics.

Modern German literature explores German-language literature and its history from the early modern period to the present day (1600 to the present). Given the department’s focus on cultural studies, questions from the field of media studies and interdisciplinary collaboration with other departments are also an important part of this degree program.

German medieval studies, by contrast, explore the beginnings of German-language literature in the Middle Ages as well as in the early modern period (800 to 1600). In particular, the goal of this focus area is to make texts from this period comprehensible in all their cultural-historical depth and also to give students language competence and a feel for the language of this period.

German linguistics is the study of the German language in all its facets: contemporary German, but also the earlier stages of its evolution such as Old German, Middle German, and Early New High German. Objects of linguistic study include for example the historical language change, norms and rules, and deviations and variations which can be regional, age-group specific, or due to multilingualism. Areas of special linguistic focus at the University of Bonn are morphosyntax, language change, conversation analysis, and text linguistics.

This subject must be combined with a second subject

Possible lines of work:

Education (adult education, language courses, educational/vocational institutes Bildungswerke, etc.), book industry (publishing/ libraries/ translating/ editing), culture (cultural institutions, embassies, exhibitions, etc.), media (press, radio, television, online media, journalism, public relations), administration (international relations, e.g. diplomatic service, international organizations), academia (research management, teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

Open admission
NC values ​​from previous semesters
2020/2021 Wintersemester
free admission
2018/2019 Wintersemester
all acepted
2017/2018 Wintersemester
free admission
2016/2017 Wintersemester
all acepted
2015/2016 Wintersemester
Grade: AVG: 3,2 | WAI: 0 | - L
Waitingtime: WAI: 2 | AVG: 2,2 | - -
Bachelor of Arts
Dual-Subject
German
6 Semester
Winter semester

University entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur)

German language proficiency (CEFR level C1)


At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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