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Deutsche Sprache und Literatur (Germanistik)/ German Language and Literature (Bachelor of Arts)

Program: Deutsche Sprache und Literatur (Germanistik) / German Language and Literature
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Program length: 6 semesters / 3 years (180 ECTS points)

The Deutsche Sprache und Literatur (Germanistik) / German Language and Literature bachelor's program provides a basic scholarly and professionally-oriented education in the field of German language and literature.

The program is furthermore the foundation for continuing master's programs in the field of linguistics and literature studies (e.g. M.A. in German Literature, M.A. in Linguistics: Cognition and Communication). The central qualification objectives are:

  • Fundamental knowledge of German literature and its history;
  • Fundamental knowledge of the German language: its structure, typical forms of use and communication and its history;
  • Key qualifications in handling texts and in the area of presentation and communication techniques.

Major topics

During the first two years of study, three basic modules and three consecutive advanced modules will provide you with fundamental insight into all three core fields of German studies:

  • "Older German Literature"
  • "Modern German Literature"
  • "German Linguistics / Philology."

Toward the end of the program, you will specialize in two of these three core areas.


A German studies program qualifies you to work in the field of culture and public relations, in dependence on your major topic focus during the program. In every case, it is of great importance to deepen and strengthen the major topic you choose outside of the university, through relevant internships.

Practical fields in which Germanists work include:

  • Publishing (editing, sales, marketing)
  • Bookselling
  • Journalism, particularly literary and cultural journalism
  • Freelance writing
  • Internal and external communications / corporate public relations
  • Publicity work / public relations at institutions
  • Speech writing
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Cultural management: cultural centers, literary centers
  • Intercultural communication
  • Theater: Dramaturgy, direction assistance
  • Script development
  • Teaching, e.g. German as a foreign language
  • In the field of language education and speech training
  • In the field of (adult) education (adult education centers, German as a foreign language)
  • In the field of academics (with a Master), universities
  • In interface fields of teaching/research and administration in universities, ministries, institutions such as DAAD, for example
  • Editorial work at television stations, in radio or printed media
  • Text work for technical editorial staff
  • Libraries, archives