Linguistics – Bachelor minor subject

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Elective minor in an undergraduate study programme (bachelor).

We all know quite a lot about our own language without being able to formulate or talk about it. This is where linguistics kicks in, the science that aims to make the unconscious knowledge of language, the ‘feel for language’ conscious and understandable. How does a child manage to acquire its knowledge of a language and its language skills? What do all languages have in common? What happens in the brain when we speak or hear, write or read, make errors in speech or writing, mishear or misread something?

Linguistics is not German, English or French, but the science of languages and the ability to speak. Over the course of the programme, you will learn about the differences and similarities of languages as well as the evolution of language. Konstanz is one of the few universities in Germany where linguistics forms a key focus ready for you to study.

Overview

Programme startWinter semester
Application period27.05. - 15.9.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS42
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Content

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

This study programme consists of 5 modules. The basic modules provide you with a general introduction to linguistics in the core areas (e.g. phonetics, phonology or semantics). In the subsequent modules you then deepen your knowledge and get to know additional areas of linguistics (e.g. typology, sociolinguistics or computer linguistics). You will also concentrate on the structure and history of a particular language.

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.


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 Linguistics with the following major subjects:

  • German LiteratureIn our Bachelor's Programme in German Literature 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.

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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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  • 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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Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

You should have enthusiasm for language(s) and their structure and the ability to think in a formal and networked way. One of the objectives of this study programme is to acquire research skills for theoretical and experimental work. Your lively curiosity should motivate you throughout the level-headed pursuit of systematic research, and you should be able to elevate concrete questions to an abstract level. Many textbooks and large parts of the research literature are written in English, so good English skills are highly recommended.

Language skills

You do not have to proof any foreign language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The language of instruction and examinations is German.

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 Begabtenbefreiuugnssatzung (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.

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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