German Literature – Bachelor of Arts


Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment.

If you are studying a different bachelor's programme in the humanities, you can also select this study programme as a minor subject.

In German Literature at the University of Konstanz you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will learn how to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority. This includes knowledge of literary theory, narrative theory, literary history as well as cultural theory. You will study these theories and get to know German literature of all epochs from the Middle Ages to the present as well as all genres of literature (prose, poetry, drama). In addition to this you will attend courses in the field of linguistics.


DegreeBachelor of Arts
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study6 semesters
Application period27.05. - 15.9.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS (incl. minor subject)180
Obligatory minor subjectyes

Why study German Literature at Konstanz?

  • Based on current research in literature and cultural sciences
  • Interdisciplinary and practical orientation
  • Courses with active participation in small groups
  • A broad range of interdisciplinary courses through cooperation with other literature subjects as well as art and media studies



Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

German philologists can find openings in numerous fields.

Typical work areas include:

  • World of literature (e.g. with publishers, houses of literature, libraries, documentation centres)
  • Media (e.g. newspapers, radio, television, online magazines)
  • Press and Public Relations
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Cultural field (e.g. Goethe Institutes, adult education, theatre)

Your minor subject choice can sharpen your profile and qualify you for a specific area of work. Additional competencies in economics increase your job prospects e.g. in the area of cultural management, while you might need political and historical knowledge in journalism.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

To qualify further the University of Konstanz offers the Master's Programme in Literature.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

When studying for a bachelor's degree in the humanities, you will choose both a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). In addition to this you will attend courses from the field of key competencies (20 credits), including an internship. Click here for an overview of the general structure of bachelor's programmes in the humanities.

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Minor subject

In the German Literature Bachelor's programme, you choose one of the following minor subjects:

  • British and American Studies (BAST)British and American Studies (BAST) is available as a minor subject within the Department of Literature. At the heart of the programme is the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in English.

  • French LiteratureFrench Literature is available as a minor subject within the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in French.

  • Gender StudiesYou will analyse the current relationship between the genders in different areas of society and study how it developed historically and how it is changing. This programme is available as a minor subject.

  • HistoryStudying history means that you will learn about everything from antiquity to the Middle Ages and through to modern and contemporary history while pursuing your own special interests. This programme is available as a minor subject.

  • Computer ScienceChoosing Computer Science as your minor subject will provide you with a solid foundation in this subject. Computer Science is involved in most areas of our life – from computer games to automatic traffic control to secure online banking. Logical thinking is at the heart of this discipline.

  • Italian LiteratureItalian Literature is available as a minor subject within the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Italian.

  • Classics and the Ancient Near EastDuring your studies you will acquire a solid understanding of the cultures of classical antiquity and their reception. This programme is available as a minor subject.

  • MathematicsThe Mathematics minor encompasses the study of abstract structures and their inherent relationships on the one hand, and seeks to find solutions for problems posed by applied sciences such as engineering, medicine, economics as well as the natural and social sciences on the other.

  • PhilosophyPursuing a minor in philosophy, you will study the theories and positions of classical and contemporary philosophers. Furthermore, you will discuss philosophical questions regarding such topics as the justification of moral norms and the relationship between language and reality.

  • Political ScienceYou will focus on political systems, analyse particular fields in politics and address issues surrounding international relations. This programme is available as a minor subject.

  • LawPursuing a minor in law will equip you with a solid working knowledge of law. You will learn how to understand and interpret current law systematically and conceptually, and how to apply it to everyday situations.

  • Slavic LiteraturesChoosing Slavic Literatures as your minor subject will teach you methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of the literatures and languages of the peoples of eastern and south-eastern Europe.

  • SociologyThe Sociology minor encompasses the study of society. Sociology examines how societies and their social units function, what keeps them together or breaks them apart. You will gain new perspectives on society and learn to describe, understand and explain it.

  • Spanish and Ibero-American StudiesThe Spanish and Ibero-American Studies bachelor's minor is available within the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Spanish.

  • LinguisticsLinguistics, the scientific study of language, is available as a minor subject. Linguistics aims to understand what might be called our “feel for the language”, i.e. our unconscious knowledge of language, and render it conscious. Over the course of the programme, you will learn about the differences and similarities of languages as well as the evolution of language.

  • StatisticsStatistics minor is offered by the Department of Economics. Statistics is used primarily in planning, executing and evaluating comprehensive examinations and experiments. Statistical methods are generally used in medicine, biology and other natural sciences as well as in economics, engineering, psychology and sociology.

  • EconomicsIn the Economics minor programme, you will analyse the economic activities of consumers, enterprises and public institutions.


Internship and study abroad


You must complete an internship of at least 2 months during the semester break. Your department or our Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and numerous other exchange programmes.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • You enjoy reading literary and academic texts
  • Ability to think in a formal and networked way
  • Logical and abstract way of thinking
  • Passion for the German language
  • You are interested in history and culture in the German language area
  • Very good verbal skills

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You have to document skills in two foreign languages. If you have taken at least three years of language classes in school (grade "sufficient" or better in the last year) you can submit your school certificates. Alternatively you can catch up on missing language skills at our Language Institute (SLI) during the first semesters.

German language skills
International applicants additionally need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The language used in class is German. Some courses may be held in English.

Admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

Documentation Orientation Test: When applying for admission at universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg you have to take an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test is the most widely used test. Please send in your certificate of participation together with your application papers.


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.9. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.

Application Guide
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