Students of Italian Philology acquire language skills and specialist knowledge in the areas of language practice, linguistics and literature, as well as regional studies.

The focus of the course on language practice is the development of the four basic skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing with reference to the application-related levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (GER), the development of strategies for language teaching and the development of strategies for language acquisition and use.

The linguistics part of the course covers the basics, theories and methods of general, Romance and Italian linguistics; the Italian language system and its use; Variations of Italian and linguistic history as well as the history of general, Romance and Italian linguistics and linguistic reflection.

The reading of Italian literary texts forms the basis of the literary studies part of the course. The literary studies section also includes teaching the theories and methods of literary studies, the history of literature in its course, text analysis and interpretation and literature and non-literary text types as well as literature and other media. The subject of the regional studies course is the social and cultural realities of Italy and other Italian-speaking areas.

Program Structure

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

The main subject of the Italian Philology course is composed of the study areas linguistic practice, linguistics, literary studies and regional studies.

In the core subject Italian Philology, at the end of the course, the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study takes place 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 subject-related 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.

If there is little or no previous language knowledge, the regular course is preceded by a two-semester preparatory language course. If you apply with little or no previous language knowledge, you will be enrolled directly in the pre-study language course. This is carried out by the Language Center of the Free University.

Italian Philology as a 90 CP core subject

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

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 Italian linguistics
Extension module type 2 Exemplary expansion of sub-areas of Italian 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

Entry Requirements

If you have little or no prior knowledge of the language, the regular course is preceded by a two-semester preparatory language course. If you apply with little or no previous language knowledge, you will be enrolled directly in the pre-study language course.

If you have previous knowledge up to level B1 GER, this can be proven by appropriate evidence.

Otherwise, you can take the placement test in July at the FU's language center to prove your language level.

Career Prospects

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

Graduates of Italian Philology can work in research and teaching at universities in any humanities related to European culture. There are career opportunities in the library and publishing industry, press and other media, adult education, cultural management and mediation as well as other foreign language activities, organizational and communication management, public relations, the tourism industry or in the work areas of national and international institutions.

Since not all graduates find a place on the narrow, specialist job market, the acquisition of additional qualifications, as they are already imparted in the General Vocational Preparation (ABV) study area, as well as early orientation with regard to employment opportunities and the personal application strategy are of great importance for a successful career start.

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

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