Linguistics – Bachelor minor subject


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.


Programme startWinter semester
Application period14.5. - 15.9.
Admission restrictionsno


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

  • Deutsche LiteraturIm Bachelorstudiengang Deutsche Literatur erlernen Sie Methoden zur wissenschaftlichen Auseinandersetzung mit literarischen wie auch nicht-literarischen Texten. Sie erwerben Kompetenzen, um analytisch und methodisch reflektiert über Literatur sprechen und schreiben zu können.

  • GeschichteIm Bachelorstudiengang Geschichte beschäftigen Sie sich mit der Antike über das Mittelalter bis hin zur Neueren und Neuesten Geschichte, wobei Sie früh eigene Schwerpunkte setzen können.

  • Kulturwissenschaft der AntikeDer Bachelorstudiengang Kulturwissenschaft der Antike zielt darauf ab, fundierte Kenntnisse über die Kulturen der Antike und ihre Rezeption zu vermitteln. Er ist interdisziplinär angelegt, wobei den Bereichen Literaturwissenschaft (Gräzistik/ Latinistik), Geschichte und Archäologie die zentralen Funktionen und tragenden Rollen zukommen.

  • PhilosophieIm Bachelorstudiengang Philosophie lernen Sie die Theorien und Positionen klassischer und zeitgenössischer Philosophinnen und Philosophen kennen und erörtern philosophische Fragen, wie zum Beispiel Fragen zur Begründung moralischer Normen sowie zur Beziehung zwischen Sprache und Wirklichkeit.

  • Slavistik - LiteraturwissenschaftIm Bachelorstudiengang Slavistik-Literaturwissenschaft erlernen Sie Methoden zur wissenschaftlichen Auseinandersetzung mit literarischen wie auch nicht-literarischen Texten. Im Zentrum steht die wissenschaftliche Auseinandersetzung mit Sprachen und Literaturen der ost- und südosteuropäischen Völker.

  • SoziologieIm Bachelorstudiengang Soziologie befassen Sie sich mit der Lehre von der Gesellschaft. Die Soziologie eröffnet Ihnen neue Perspektiven auf die Gesellschaft und Sie lernen, Gesellschaft zu beschreiben, zu verstehen und zu erklären.



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.


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.