To discover new worlds of language and text - this is the opportunity to study German studies. The Düsseldorf German Studies students acquire fundamental and extensive knowledge in the areas of German Linguistics, Modern German Literature and German Medieval Studies.

In the study area German Linguistics, students acquire basic knowledge in dealing with the structures of the German language and German texts as well as the important areas and analytical approaches in linguistics. In addition, linguistic and language analytical skills are trained and the ability to reflect and judge in relation to the linguistic forms of expression of social knowledge is acquired.

The study of modern German literary studies provides basic knowledge of the genre system of German-language literature and its historical change, the process of form and content analysis and the interpretation of literary texts. The students also look at the media conditions of literature (e.g. written form, book printing, publishing), media combinations (e.g. theater, radio play, comic) and the general relationship between literature and other media.

The Medieval Studies course provides basic knowledge of German literary history in its beginnings, of text groups, authors and genres of medieval literature as well as basic knowledge of the history of language. The focus is on the social, cultural and epistemological conditions of the production and reception of medieval literature, aspects of its very own poetics and aesthetics, but not least its position in literary and cultural-historical continuities from antiquity to the present.


The general or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification is required for the Bachelor's degree in German Studies (KF and EF).


In the first year of study, three introductory modules are studied in the three study areas of German Linguistics, Modern German Literature and German Medieval Studies. In the second year of study, based on the knowledge acquired in the introductory modules, an advanced module is completed in each of the study areas. In the third academic year, two of the three study areas are continued in the specialist modules and the Bachelor thesis is completed in one of these study areas. The third year of study offers students the opportunity to set their own priorities and to intensify their knowledge in two areas of study.


Journalism and editing (television, print, online); Publishing work and proofreading; Advertising and marketing; Press work and public relations; Dramaturgy (theater, TV, film, radio) and theater work; Cultural management and cultural institutions; Science and Research; Corporate communications; Human resource management

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