Bachelor's Programme English and American Studies

As of winter semester 2015/2016 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding bachelor’s programme please consult this page »

Faculty Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture
Duration/ ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Qualification Level Bachelor (First Cycle)
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code C 033 612
Curriculum Information on the curriculum (2009W)*
Admission Requirements Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent
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.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
 Outstanding performance
= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
 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).

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).

First Semester »

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

Second Semester »

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

Third Semester »

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

Fourth Semester »

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

Fifth Semester »

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

Sixth Semester »

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

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Bachelor Programme English and American Studies

Qualification Profile and Skills

In today's globalised world, the English language plays a central role as an important international means of communication in many areas of everyday life (e.g. science, research, politics, economy, popular culture, tourism, media etc.).

The Bachelor's Programme English and American Studies primarily aims at excellent English language skills (target level C2 based on CEFR). Moreover, the study programme conveys basic skills and competences in the fields of linguistics (structures, functions, utilization, varieties of the English language), literary studies (overview of English literature, literary theories and methods of text analysis) and cultural studies (cultural context, cultural theories, intercultural competences, media competence). The programme also imparts important key qualifications and central soft skills which are important for the graduates' future careers, such as excellent verbal and written skills, targeted application of systematic and creative problem-solving strategies, understanding and analysis of correlations, autonomous scientific working as well as project and target-oriented working in teams and the ability to act in intercultural contexts.  

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments in the fields mentioned in the qualification profile and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills and key competences and soft skills, in addition to subject-related compentces.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Due to the special role of English as Lingua franca of the contemporary world, future prospects of graduates of the Bachelor's Programme in English and American Studies are evaluated very positively. The study programme prepares for occupational fields with different job profiles and covers a wide range of activities in the fields of publishing, librarianship, journalism, new media, culture management, adult education, public administration, diplomatic service, marketing etc.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

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Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
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