Language is ubiquitous in our daily life. How exactly is language effective in social coexistence? This question is at the heart of the Language & Society bachelor's degree.

 In recent times, linguistic questions have repeatedly been the subject of social debates: in connection with migration and flight, in the context of discrimination and participation, in relation to educational opportunities, in political communication, on the Internet or in advertising and public relations. In all of these contexts, the linguistic relationships have a direct impact on people - and the people who use language act on them themselves and change them.

 Most of the people in the world are multilingual. Germany and especially Berlin are also becoming more and more multilingual. Linguistic changes arouse interest, emotions and sometimes resistance. In an increasingly diversified, globalized and individualized society, linguistic issues can lead to conflicts, but also to new ideas. Language is both an instrument and a symbol with which we organize our society and position ourselves vis-à-vis other people.

 The Bachelor's degree in Language & Society (BA) deals with the role of language (s) in social contexts across the board and thus offers a relevant and highly up-to-date training profile:

• Technical basics and empirical methods of linguistics

• Focus on sociolinguistics: scientific theories, models and terms for the recording of linguistic relationships in multilingual and media-networked societies

• Individual profile formation through elective modules and freely selectable second subject

• Foreign language skills: Acquiring new languages ??or deepening previous knowledge, choosing from a range of around 15 languages

 The Language & Society course is supported by the Interdisciplinary Center “European Languages”. It brings together the linguistic subjects from English, German, Dutch, Romance and Turkish studies. The courses are held by lecturers from these subjects.

Foreign language courses can be selected from the entire range of courses offered by the Free University Language Center and the lectureships at the participating institutes.

 With the 60-CP module offer, the modules for foreign language acquisition are omitted, the subject-specific study components are identical (see study structure).




The language & society bachelor's degree is combined as a core subject with a 60-credit module or two 30-credit modules.

Language & Society is combined with a core subject as a 60 CP module.

The study of Language & Society as a 90 CP core subject is divided into a basic area of ??linguistics, a compulsory elective area with in-depth content in sociolinguistics and a foreign language area as well as the general vocational preparation study area.

In the core subject Language & Society, at the end of the course there is an exemplary deepening and differentiation of a field of study through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

In the General Vocational Preparation (ABV) study area, a multi-week internship as well as a pre-vocational and at least one further interdisciplinary course are completed in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the Bachelor examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.


Core subject

Basic phase

module  Basics of linguistics
module  Basics of sociolinguistics
module  Empirical Methods in Linguistics

Elective modules

module  Language and power
module  Language and communication
module  Language and space
module  Language and individual
module German as a foreign and second language

Foreign language modules

module  Foreign language acquisition I
module  Foreign language acquisition II

Module offer

Basic phase

module Basics of Linguistics
module Basics of sociolinguistics
  Empirical Methods in Linguistics

Elective modules

module Language and power
module Language and communication
module Language and space
module Language and individual
module German as a foreign and second language



Admission mode 1st semester
Local admission restriction
Admission mode higher semester
Local admission restriction (for the winter semester for the 3rd and 5th semester, for the summer semester for the 2nd, 4th, 6th semester)
Additional entry requirements
English (level B2 GER)


Bachelor graduates have scientific and practical knowledge and skills that qualify them for a job or a further course of study. 

If Language & Society is studied as a module as part of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen core subject shapes the professional qualification.

Graduates are open to professions in which the social relevance of language plays a central role. This includes, on the one hand, the growing need for staff in the entire area of ??supporting people with a multilingual and foreign language background, such as advising and promoting refugees, migrants or future generations as well as members of linguistic minorities. Areas of activity are, for example, educational and qualification offers for these target groups, advisory and placement services or administrative coordination tasks. In this area there have been large gaps in staff for several years, especially in the public and semi-public sector.

On the other hand, graduates of the course also address the language-loving cultural and economic area. These include publishing and media companies, private language schools and training centers as well as all industries in which personal and public communication is the focus, for example PR consultancy or creative and advertising agencies.

In all of these industries there is a growing need for specialists who have a thorough knowledge of how language works and the range of meanings, who can assess linguistic diversity and variation in a professional and nuanced manner and who can recognize and name language-based areas of conflict.

For managerial positions or employment in research and teaching, a master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are generally required.

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