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The bachelor's degree in Linguistics teaches traditional areas of linguistics such as:

Morphology: Study of word-internal structures;
Syntax: theory of sentence structure;
Semantics: study of the meaning of words and whole sentences;
Pragmatics : study of language in use;
Phonology: study of the function of linguistic sounds as well as
phonetics: production and acoustics of language.
As part of the language typology and language comparison, special emphasis is placed on dealing with the various languages ??of the world. Another focus of the course are younger branches of linguistics, such as first and second language acquisition and psycholinguistics.


The bachelor's degree has a modular structure. Within the modules, the course content is thematically summarized in different study and teaching forms. A fixed number of credit points as well as certain study and examination achievements must be achieved in each module.

In total, the bachelor's degree in Linguistics has a scope of 180 credit points and contains the content shown in the overview below. Some of the credit points can be replaced by internships, which the lecturers at the linguistics institute usually advertise every semester.

Modules Second subject
Compulsory modules 42 LP
Introduction to linguistics and syntax

Introduction to phonetics and phonology

Introduction to morphology

Introduction to semantics

Introduction to psycho-neurolinguistics

Mathematical and logical basics
9 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

9 LP

6 LP
Compulsory elective modules: Consolidation
phase A compulsory elective module worth 6 credit points (1 of 4 modules) must be successfully completed.
6 LP
Phonetics and Phonology
Syntax of a single language
varieties and grammar systems

Compulsory elective modules: advanced phase
A compulsory elective module worth 12 credit points (1 of 3 modules) must be successfully completed.
12 LP
Phonology: theories and models
semantics and pragmatics

total 60 LP


The best prerequisite for studying linguistics is when you are fascinated by languages, by their speakers and their worldviews and cultures, by the mind and the brain. If you want to study linguistics successfully, you should also have an interest in language, prior knowledge of grammar and a basic understanding of theoretical mathematics. If you can implement the sobriety of systematic research with enthusiasm and curiosity and like to raise concrete questions to more abstract levels, this is more than beneficial for studying linguistics. In addition to the teaching language German, English is increasingly used as the teaching language due to the English-language specialist literature. Good knowledge of English is therefore an advantage.


The aim of the bachelor's degree is to train logical and abstract thinking and to encourage a passion for linguistic issues. Theoretical linguists work primarily at university and non-university research institutions. In addition to excellent technical knowledge in the field of basic research in cognitive science, the course also provides fundamental humanities skills.

General skills that a linguistic degree teaches and that are often valued are a strong sense of language, practical language skills, analytical thinking and applied statistics. The practical applications reflect some professional fields for linguists. For example, (computer) linguists are wanted in software companies. Phoneticians are in demand in telecommunications and in branches of industry where machine language perception and production are concerned. Many linguists also find their field of work in the legal and healthcare sectors. Creative writing and science journalism are other professional fields open to linguists.

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