English and American Studies

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English and American Studies comprises much more than intensive language study to acquire advanced knowledge in oral and written English. It encourages critical thinking, expands discursive skills in both mother tongue and foreign language and increases intercultural competence.

In addition to an in-depth study of current English, which includes an intensive examination of its structure, varieties and origins, our departments enable students to develop skills in the analysis of and reflection on literature and to acquire a broader knowledge of the cultures, literatures and history of the Anglophone countries.

On this basis, English and American Studies brings applied perspectives to all subject areas. These relate, for example, to the learning and teaching of foreign languages, but also to the inclusion of media study aspects in the treatment of issues in literary and cultural studies.


Go to the USA for a year and work as a Visiting Language Coordinator at an American university

Enrol now for courses in English linguistics. Registration is open until 28 March at noon (Thursday before Easter).

On Monday, Dec. 11, Howie Hawkins, the 2020 presidential candidate from the Green Party USA, will participate in an online discussion at the University of Erfurt.

The 31st annual conference of the German Society for Contemporary Drama in English will be held in Erfurt from 8–11 June 2023.

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