German Literature – Bachelor minor subject

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Elective minor in a first degree programme (bachelor).

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. Literary studies include different approaches, such as 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 an introduction to linguistics as well as a linguistics seminar.

Overview

Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Application period27.05. - 15.9. | 3.12. - 15.3.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS42
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Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer 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).

Possible main subjects

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 combine the Bachelor minor German Literature with the following major subjects:

  • British and American Studies (BAST)The Bachelor's Programme in British and American Studies (BAST) is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in English.

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  • French LiteratureThe Bachelor's Programme in French Literature is offered by 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Italian LiteratureThe Bachelor's Programme in Italian Literature is offered by 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.

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  • Classics and the Ancient Near EastThis bachelor's programme is designed to convey a solid understanding of the cultures of classical antiquity and their reception. The interdisciplinary courses stretch from literary studies (Greek/Latin) via history to archaeology.

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  • PhilosophyIn our bachelor's programme 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.

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  • Slavic LiteraturesIn our Bachelor's Programme in Slavic Literatures you will be taught 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.

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  • SociologyIn this study programme you will focus on the study of societies. You will gain new perspectives on society and learn to describe, understand and explain it.

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  • Spanish and Ibero-American StudiesThis bachelor's programme is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Spanish.

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Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

  • You enjoy reading literary and academic texts
  • Passion for the German language
  • You are interested in history and culture in the German language area
  • Your ability to express yourself in German is very good

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You have to document skills in another foreign language. 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 certificate. Alternatively you can catch up on missing language skills at our Language Institute (SLI) during the first semesters.

Language(s) of instruction

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

Admission requirements

The same general entry requirements apply for the major and minor:

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

Fees

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 exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

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.

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