Bachelor's Programme English and American Studies

Curriculum (2009W)

As of winter semester 2015/2016 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. 

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration/ ECTS-Credits
6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Admission Requirements 
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent

Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture

Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)

Study Code
C 033 612

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.

* Information on the curriculum (2009W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
 available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjects.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

  1. SL Fundamentals of Philological and Cultural Studies (PM 1 lit. b/1 hour/2.5 ECTS-Credits)
  2. SL Listening/Speaking I (PM 7 lit. a/2 hours/1.5 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Philological-Cultural Studies
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Linguistics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Literary Studies
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Language System I: Focus on Language Constituents
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Introduction: English Linguistics

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Cultural Studies
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural Histori I
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Language System II: Focus on Language in Context
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Introduction: Literary Studies
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Introduction: Cultural Studies

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Focus on Language Usage I
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Survey of English Linguistics
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced: British and 'postcolonial Literary Studies

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Focus on Language Usage II
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Focus on Special Fields of English Linguistics
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced: American Literary Studies
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Media Science

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural History II
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Focus on Method and Innovation in English Linguistics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Gender Studies
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
5.0 ECTS-Credits: English Linguistics: Review and Outlook
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor's Thesis
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor's Thesis

Recommended course sequence for Bachelor Programme English and American Studies

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

 Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 19.5= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 30.4
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 29.6
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum cirteria 20.5
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

WS 2017/2018

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

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