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Overview

The two-year master’s course in Yiddish Culture, Language and Literature is primarily research-oriented. It provides background and overview knowledge of Yiddish culture and literature as well as knowledge of Yiddish linguistics, literature and cultural studies. The focus is on introducing basic theories, methods and problems of the subject according to the current state of research.

The two-year master’s course in Yiddish Culture, Language and Literature offers a professional education that enables you to do your own scientific work. The course is primarily research-oriented.

The master’s degree in Yiddish Culture, Language and Literature provides in-depth background and overview knowledge of Yiddish culture and literature as well as in-depth knowledge of Yiddish linguistics, literary
and cultural studies and philology. The focus is on an intensive introduction to the basic theories, methods and problems of the subject in accordance with the current state of research. Compared to other newer ones
and Older Philologies, Yiddish Studies find themselves in the special situation that on the one hand fundamental work still has to be done in all areas, on the other hand the subject participates fully in the intellectual and scientific currents of the present.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Standard period of study: two years (4 semesters)
Volume of study: 120 credit points

Master's modules

  • Yiddish Linguistics
  • Yiddish culture and literature before 1800
  • Yiddish culture and literature in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Hebrew language

Further components of the master’s program

  • supervised team project
  • master thesis

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The prerequisite for admission to the master’s course is a qualified, technically relevant university degree (bachelor's degree or equivalent). In addition, sufficient knowledge of Yiddish and English is required. Relevant studies are Yiddish culture, language and literature / Yiddish studies at least as a completed supplementary subject in the bachelor’s degree or a degree in a philology (e.g. German, Slavic studies) or in Jewish studies / Jewish studies.

Proof of special aptitude concerns knowledge of Yiddish and English. Knowledge of Yiddish is proven either as part of a previously completed bachelor's degree in the supplementary subject Yiddish Culture, Language and Literature at the University of Düsseldorf or by passing an oral and written language test.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The course aims to provide academic qualifications in university and non-university research and teaching. At the same time, it opens up access to professional fields in the humanities and cultural spectrum. It is the only master’s degree in Yiddish studies in Germany.

Doctorate
Following a qualified master’s degree in Yiddish Culture, Language and Literature, there is the possibility of a doctorate (Dr. phil.).


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