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Bachelor programme

Degree Profile

Begin of study
winter semester
6 semester
Academic degree
Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)
full time and part time
Faculty of Philosophy
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Dual-subject Bachelor
major and minor subject
Teaching language

Course Details

In the major and minor subject in Literary Studies, you will research several European and American literatures and relate them to each other. In addition, you will look at literature from a media studies perspective and in exchange with various media and artistic practices.

During your studies you will attend courses in media studies as well as film and television. You will explore the theoretical foundations and research subjects of literary studies.

You will acquire basic social and cultural skills as key qualifications for your professional activity. These include creativity, judgement, the ability to grasp structural problems as well as intercultural skills and knowledge of several foreign languages.

Why should I study Literature Studies in Erfurt?

Job & Career Perspectives

Our graduates are active in these professional fields:

  • in adult education,
  • in cultural policy,
  • in cultural exchange and cultural management,
  • in publishing and journalism,
  • in electronic or print media, radio and television,
  • in the press and public relations work.

Literary Studies in Detail

Structure of the study programme

The bachelor's degree course at the University of Erfurt comprises a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor's degree) as well as the fundamental course of study. It aims to impart specialist content and occupational field orientation as well as interdisciplinary skills. The standard period of study is six semesters.

Orientation Phase (First Year)

  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Orientations in the history of literature in one or more literatures
  • Topics and questions of general literary studies

Qualification Phase (Second/Third Year)

  • Intercultural competence
  • Parameters of text analysis and literary theory
  • Parameters of contextualization

In the qualification phase, one of the following main subjects is studied:

  • General and comparative literature,
  • English and American Studies,
  • Modern German literary studies,
  • Romance literary studies (Romance languages and literature, Spanish studies),
  • Slavic literary studies.


The major and minor subjects differ in terms of the content and scope of the course. In the major subject a Bachelor thesis is written.

Examinations regulations major Literary Studies

Examinations regulations minor Literary Studies

Possible combinations

At the University of Erfurt, you will study a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor) in the bachelor's program. You may have to observe combination rules.

Combination rule:

  • Literary studies can be combined with all fields of study except English and American Studies, German Studies, Romance Studies or Slavic Studies.

Online-Tool Studimat

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Study abroad

Study abroad

A semester abroad in an English speaking country is strongly recommended. The International Office will be happy to assist you in organizing your stay abroad.

Study abroad

Are you already familiar with the internationalisation program of Erfurt Literary Studies?

The BA 6+1 program offers Erfurt students of Literary Studies and Romance Studies the opportunity to think outside the box and get to know the university culture in another country.

more information about the BA 6+1 program


Internships during studies

  • Interdisciplinary Internship for Vocational Field
  • optional: Internship for Vocational Field

Admissions qualification

Studying with Abitur

  • general qualification for university entrance or the subject-related higher education entrance qualification or a comparable previous education

General information on the admission requirements (study without Abitur):

Language requirements

  • German: Upon application, international applicants must prove German language skills at level B1.

Until the end of the studies:

  • Knowledge of a modern foreign language at level B1
  • Knowledge of another modern foreign language at level B1 or, in addition to the proven knowledge of one of the old languages, another modern foreign language at level A2

Depending on the chosen major field of study, one of the following proofs at level B2 is required:

  • English Literature: English,
  • Modern German Literature: German,
  • Romance literary studies: French or Spanish,
  • Slavic literary studies: Russian, Czech or Polish

Language Centre

The Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and deepening your language skills.

International applicants

International applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of sufficient German language skills (level B1) upon application.

Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH):

Language and Admission Requirements 

No admission limitation (without nc)

At present, no admission limitation (without numerus clausus) is expected.

Master Programmes

After the Bachelor at the University of Erfurt

Master programme Literary Studies

Open Day & Discovery Days

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Open Day

Numerous information and advisory services offer you the opportunity to see the study and living conditions in Erfurt for yourself at the open day. Get to know the green campus and the beautiful old town centre on guided tours. Information on the program: Open Day

Discovery Days

The discovery days at the University of Erfurt mean experiencing "studying up close". Within a week (on as many days as you like) you can attend selected courses (lectures or seminars) and get a taste of campus life. Information and program: Discovery Days

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The major and minor subject in Literary Studies is admission-free (without NC).

Application for the two-subject Bachelor's degree:

If you combine Literary Studies with an admission-free program (without NC), you can enrol directly from May 1 to September 15.

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For the combination of Literary Studies with an admissions-restricted subject (with NC), please apply from May 1 to July 15 via the following link.

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Student advice and counselling

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