Overview

Why is youth language developing? What is literature from A for Arthurian to Z for Juli Zeh in common? The bachelor's degree combines German literary studies (philology) with linguistics (linguistics) and provides basic knowledge of their structure, typical forms of use, communication and their history. The course also includes the acquisition of key qualifications in dealing with texts as well as in the area of ??presentation and communication techniques.

In the first two years of study, you will receive a basic insight into all three core areas of German studies as part of three basic modules and three consecutive advanced modules:

  • "Older German Literature",
  • "Modern German Literature",
  • "Linguistics of German / Linguistics"

Only towards the end of your studies do you specialize in two of these three core areas

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

General higher education entrance qualification or subject-related higher education entrance

qualification 1 or technical college entrance qualification or master craftsman's examination as well as comparable qualifications in professional advancement training or professionally qualified persons

 The university decides on the validity of the subject binding for this course.

Course-specific knowledge and skills to be proven prior to admission:

Two foreign languages ??including English. A foreign language must be proven at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The other foreign language must be proven at level A2 

Language level B1

Language level B1 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ??of the Council of Europe" - independent language use - is proven by fulfilling one of the following criteria:

  • School certificates proving the foreign language for at least 4 years. Evidence of 3 years is sufficient if the foreign language has been used up to the degree that entitles you to university entrance. In both of these cases, the final grade or, if applicable, the average grade of the last two years of the language course must be at least a German grade of 4 (sufficient) or 5 points. You can find out how you can prove the foreign language skills you have acquired in school lessons 

If you cannot prove the language level from your school lessons, the following alternatives apply:

  • A course of at least two years at a secondary educational institution in which the language to be verified is the primary language of instruction
  • or one of the following language certificates (comparable certificates are subject to a case-by-case examination)

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Language level A2

Language level A2 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ??of the Council of Europe" - elementary language use - is proven by fulfilling one of the following criteria:

  • School certificates proving the foreign language for at least three years. The final grade, if applicable the average grade of the last two years, must be at least the German grade 4 (sufficient) or 5 points. You can find out how you can prove the foreign language skills you have 

If you cannot prove the language level from your school lessons, the following alternatives apply:

  • Lessons for at least one year at a secondary educational institution in which the language to be demonstrated is the primary language of instruction
  • or one of the following language certificates (comparable certificates are subject to a case-by-case examination)

 

If knowledge of Latin or Greek is claimed instead of one of the modern foreign languages, this must be proven at the level of the Latinum or the Graecum by means of an Abitur certificate or otherwise.

 

If the required foreign language skills are only available at level A2 instead of a required level B1 or only at level A1 instead of a required level A2 when applying for a study place , admission is possible on the condition that the required level can be proven by re-registration for the third subject semester becomes. This principle also applies to proof of knowledge of Latin .

 

Language level A2

Language level A2 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ??of the Council of Europe" - elementary language use - is proven by fulfilling one of the following criteria:

  • School certificates proving the foreign language for at least three years. The final grade, if applicable the average grade of the last two years, must be at least the German grade 4 (sufficient) or 5 points. You can find out how you can prove the foreign language skills you have acquired in school lessons 

If you cannot prove the language level from your school lessons, the following alternatives apply:

  • Lessons for at least one year at a secondary educational institution in which the language to be demonstrated is the primary language of instruction
  • or one of the following language certificates (comparable certificates are subject to a case-by-case examination)

 

Language level B1

Language level B1 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ??of the Council of Europe" - independent language use - is proven by fulfilling one of the following criteria:

  • School certificates proving the foreign language for at least 4 years. Evidence of 3 years is sufficient if the foreign language has been used up to the degree that entitles you to university entrance. In both of these cases, the final grade or, if applicable, the average grade of the last two years of the language course must be at least a German grade of 4 (sufficient) or 5 points. You can find out how you can prove the foreign language skills you have acquired in school lessons 

If you cannot prove the language level from your school lessons, the following alternatives apply:

  • A course of at least two years at a secondary educational institution in which the language to be verified is the primary language of instruction
  • or one of the following language certificates (comparable certificates are subject to a case-by-case examination)

 

Language level A2

Language level A2 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ??of the Council of Europe" - elementary language use - is proven by fulfilling one of the following criteria:

  • School certificates proving the foreign language for at least three years. The final grade, if applicable the average grade of the last two years, must be at least the German grade 4 (sufficient) or 5 points. You can find out how you can prove the foreign language skills you have acquired in school lessons 

If you cannot prove the language level from your school lessons, the following alternatives apply:

  • Lessons for at least one year at a secondary educational institution in which the language to be demonstrated is the primary language of instruction
  • or one of the following language certificates (comparable certificates are subject to a case-by-case examination)

 

Basic knowledge of Latin is proven by fulfilling the following criteria:

  • Certificate of higher education entrance qualification, secondary school certificates or school certificates proving that you have studied Latin for at least one year. The final grade must be at least sufficient (4) or 5 points
  • Comparable certificates are checked individually

Knowledge of Latin to the extent of the Latinum is proven by fulfilling the following criteria:

  • Certificate of university entrance qualification, secondary school certificates or school certificates in which the Latinum is certified
  • Certificate of the passed supplementary examination according to § 50 of the upper levels and Abitur ordinance of July 20th, 2009 (OJ p. 408), last amended by ordinance of August 1, 2017 (OJ p. 672), in the currently valid version.
  • Certificate of the passed language test according to the regulations of the Department of Foreign Language Philologies for the language tests in Greek and Latin at the Philipps University of Marburg dated October 21, 2009 (Amt.Mit. 37/2010).
  • Certificate of passing the language test according to the regulations of the Protestant Theology department for the language tests in Greek, Hebrew and Latin at the Philipps University of Marburg dated January 19, 2011 (Amt.Mit. 13/2011).

Functional knowledge of Latin is proven by fulfilling the following criteria:

  • Certificate of university entrance qualification, secondary school certificates or school certificates in which the Latinum is certified
  • Certificate of the passed supplementary examination according to § 50 of the upper levels and Abitur ordinance of July 20th, 2009 (OJ p. 408), last amended by ordinance of August 1, 2017 (OJ p. 672), in the currently valid version.
  • Certificate of the passed language test according to the regulations of the Department of Foreign Language Philologies for the language tests in Greek and Latin at the Philipps University of Marburg dated October 21, 2009 (Amt.Mit. 37/2010).
  • Certificate of passing the language test according to the regulations of the Protestant Theology department for the language tests in Greek, Hebrew and Latin at the Philipps University of Marburg dated January 19, 2011 (Amt.Mit. 13/2011).
  • Proof of passing the module "Introduction to Latin I" (LaL-Ex 1) of the subject Latin StPO L3 2018
  • Comparable certificates are subject to a case-by-case examination.

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

A degree in German studies qualifies you, also depending on your focus of study, for activities in the field of cultural and press work.

Fields of practice in which Germanists work are:

  • Publishing house (editing department, sales, marketing)
  • Book trade
  • Journalism, especially literary and cultural journalism
  • Freelance writing
  • Internal and external communication / press work in companies
  • Public relations in institutions
  • Speech writing
  • marketing
  • advertising
  • Cultural management: cultural centers, literature centers
  • Intercultural communication
  • Theater: dramaturgy, assistant director
  • Script development
  • Teaching activities, e.g. B. German as a foreign language
  • In the field of language and speech training
  • In the field of (adult) education (adult education centers, German as a foreign language)
  • In the field of science (via a master's degree), universities
  • In the interface areas of teaching / research and administration in universities, ministries, institutions such as B. DAAD etc.
  • Editorial activities at television stations, radio or in the print media
  • Text work in technical editorial offices
  • Libraries, archives

The course is also the basis for advanced master’s courses in the field of linguistics and literary studies (e.g. MA German Literature, MA Linguistics: Cognition and Communication).


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