The subjects of the courses offered in French Philology (60 credit modules with prior language knowledge), French (60 credit modules with no prior language knowledge) and French (30 credit modules with / without prior language knowledge) are the language, literature, culture and history of France and the French-speaking world Countries and territories. In addition to practical language skills and knowledge of the country, students of French philology also acquire specialist knowledge in the areas of linguistics and literary studies. The respective emphasis of the course depends on the choice of modules and the respective individual focus. For more details, please refer to the curriculum plans.

Areas of study in linguistics are in particular the theories and methods of general, Romance and French linguistics, the language system of French and its use, the variation of French and its linguistic history, possibly taking into account other Gallo-Roman varieties, the history of general , Romance and French linguistics and language reflection as well as language in its socio-cultural, biological and application-related contexts.

Literary studies deals with the theories and methods of literary studies, with the history of literature in its course, text analysis and interpretation, with literature and non-literary text types and the area of ??literature and other media.

The subject of regional studies is the social and cultural conditions of the francophone-speaking areas (e.g. geography, history, politics, philosophy, art, everyday and regional cultures, media, social systems). The regional studies modules are usually offered in French.

The teaching of language practice serves to develop the basic skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing with reference to the application-related levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (GER). Further study objectives are the development of strategies for language mediation and language acquisition as well as the use of language and independent and cooperative learning.

Program Structure

French Philology is combined as a core subject with a 60 credit module or two 30 credit modules.

The main subject of the course in French Philology is made up of the areas of language practice, linguistics, literary studies and regional studies.

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

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and specialist additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. The objectives, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in separate ABV study and examination regulations.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. 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 module examinations. 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.

French Philology as a 90 CP core subject

Language practice
module French advanced module I
module French advanced module II
module French advanced module III
module French advanced module
Basic module Ia Introduction to the levels of description of the French language system
Basic module IIa Variation and change in the French language as well as other areas of French linguistics
Literary studies
Basic module Ia Basic concepts and methods of French literary studies
Basic module IIa History of literature and methods of text analysis
Regional studies
Basic module Ia Country studies France / Francophonie

Advanced modules (one advanced module each in linguistics and literary studies)

If the type 1 advanced module in linguistics is chosen, the type 2 advanced module in literary studies and vice versa must be completed.

Extension module type 1 Expansion of sub-areas of French linguistics
Extension module type 2 Exemplary expansion of sub-areas of French linguistics and interdisciplinary references
Literary studies
Extension module type 1 Literary text analysis and research perspectives
Extension module type 2 Literary text analysis and interdisciplinary perspectives

Additional entry requirements
French test (level B1 GER)

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. If French Philology is studied as a module as part of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen core subject shapes the professional qualification.

Areas of activity are available in various professional fields such as science, library and publishing, press and other media, adult education, cultural management and mediation as well as in other foreign language-related areas, e.g. in organizational and communication management, in public relations, the tourism industry or in work areas in national and international international institutions.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.


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