German Literature – Bachelor minor subject
Elective minor in a first degree programme (bachelor). A minor subject may only be chosen in combination with a major 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. 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.
|Programme start||Winter semester & Summer semester|
|Application period||9.5. - 15.9. | 29.11. - 15.3.|
Winter semester & Summer semester
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.
Impressions from students and lecturers
Hear from students and lecturers
In our interview series, students talk about their subject, teachers explain the department's research and tell you what topics they cover in seminars and lectures.
- Three Questions to Lara, B.Ed. Biology and German
- Three Questions to Daniel, B.Ed. Chemistry and German
- Three Questions to Caroline, B.Ed. German and History
- Three Questions to Paul, B.A. German Literature
- Three Questions to Tabea, B.A. German Literature
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Discover online lectures and websites with more information about your prospective subject.
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
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.
The same general entry requirements apply for the major and minor:
General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.
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.
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 (*).