Bachelor’s Programme Comparative Literature

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The Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Comparative Literature provides education in philological theory that goes beyond studying individual languages or cultures. The students learn about the relationships between language and culture as well as media and the literatures of the world. This subject of study is positioned at the intersection to other disciplines, for example film studies and ethnology.

Please note: the language of instruction for this programme is German.


Study Code
C 033 670

Supplemental examination
Supplemental examination in Latin is required before completion of the bachelor's degree programme if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school.

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Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments in the fields mentioned in the question on the main topics of the study programme below and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills, key qualifications and soft skills.

By closely linking theoretical knowledge with practical tasks, students are encouraged to examine the acquired scientific-theoretical knowledge and competences in specific fields of work.

Subject-specific knowledge and competences: philological-cultural, literary and linguistic basics; text and media analysis; world literature and intertextuality; literature and culture theory; intermediality and interculturality; knowledge of cultural history; practical literary studies; advanced foreign language skills.  

Key qualifications and soft skills: competence in the field of reception and interpretation of scientific and literary texts, also of films and other artworks; competence in writing scientific and other texts; faculty of abstraction and thinking in comprehensive contexts; intercultural competence (ability to impart one’s own culture and to promote the understanding of other cultures), based on advanced foreign language skills; awareness of problems for socially marginalised and disadvantaged areas; competence to realize and critically reflect gender-specific differences; teamwork, in particular for interdisciplinary work; communicative abilities, basic mediation competence; ability to correctly use foreign language skills acquired; general knowledge in the cultural and humanistic field. 

Fields of activities are to be found in international cultural and educational exchange (e.g. foreign lectorates, cultural activities in foreign representations, EU and UNO institutions); publishing – media  (editorial work; publishing activities; print media sector, especially journals; but also radio, television and new media or public relations; art and cultural journalism); activities in archives and (special)libraries; education policy (advisory functions in politics and economy; adult education; librarianship); cultural policy, administration and mediation (project management in museums and exhibitions); advisory functions for management and (cultural) policy; organizational and administrative tasks in public and private institutions, organisations and enterprises etc.

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