French Literature – Bachelor minor subject


Elective minor in an undergraduate study programme (bachelor). A minor subject may only be chosen in combination with a major subject.

This bachelor's programme is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis of literature written in French (literature of France and former colonies). You will be introduced to various methodologies from literary theory, literary history as well as cultural studies and cultural theory and thus learn how to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority.
The linguistic modules deal systematically with the structure and history of the French language. Your courses may include, in addition to the core areas phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, courses on language acquisition, on the French varieties etc. In the practical courses you will improve your own French language skills. You will also attend courses on regional and cultural studies, oral and written language skills, listening comprehension, translation and grammar.


Programme start Winter semester & Summer semester
Application period 9.5. - 15.9. | 29.11. - 15.3.
Admission restrictions no


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.

Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • You enjoy reading literary and academic texts
  • Passion for the French language
  • You are interested in history and culture in the French language area

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You have to document skills in another foreign language. You do not have to document any French language skills in your application. However, basic French language skills are highly recommended to start the study programme. If you do have no, or only little, French language skills, you can complete a preliminary language course ("Propädeutikum") at our Language Institute (SLI) of up to two semesters.

Language(s) of instruction

German and French

Admission requirements

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

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.


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 certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not 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” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

Application documents

During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods, etc.) and upload various PDF documents.

Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:

  • your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
  • documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ, etc.)
  • any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
  • any other required documents (medical certificate, etc.)

An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).