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Germanistik / German Studies (major subject in a combined bachelor’s degree)

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Program: Germanistik / German Studies
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Program option: major subject in a combined bachelor's degree
Study model: combined bachelor's degree
Program length: 6/8 semesters / 3/4 years (180/ 210 ECTS points) (depending on the combination)
Start: Winter and Summer semesters


Are you interested in German language and literature from the Middle Ages up to the present day? The German Studies major teaches you how to deal with the German language and literature in their historical and contemporary manifestations and how to observe them in their processes of change, in their intercultural interdependencies and their relation to other areas of society such as art, religion, philosophy, economics, politics, law, etc. Gain insights into current research topics and work on exciting projects together with colleagues from Germany's largest language history institute (Forschungszentrum Deutscher Sprachatlas) and the Centre for the Recording of German Textual Tradition of the Middle Ages (Handschriftencensus).

An integral part of the combined Bachelor's degree is the MarSkills programme, in which you will acquire valuable, future-oriented skills.


The German Studies degree programme provides you with the prerequisites for the subsequent Master's degree programmes in linguistics or literary studies, such as those offered by the Department of German Studies and Arts at the University of Marburg ("German-Language Literature. Text - Culture - Media", "Providing literature in the media", "Linguistics: Cognition and Communication", "Speech Science", "Clinical Linguistics"). The academic training this course provides will enable you to work in various professional fields in the cultural public sphere.
This subject will prepare you for the following professional fields:

  • Libraries and archives
  • Book trade and publishers
  • Cultural journalism, cultural management
  • Public relations
  • Radio, television, old and new media
  • Museums and literary houses
  • Language teaching institutions
  • Speech training
  • Theatre or cultural management institutions
  • Universities
  • Newspapers

The choice of your major subject will decisively shape your professional qualifications profile. In conjunction with one or two minor subjects, your relevant work experience (e.g. internships, part-time jobs, voluntary work) and your personal skills, it will enable you to refine your profile and carve out your own individual array of career options.