French studies deals with the French language that emerged from Latin, its special characteristics, literatures and diverse culture. During the course of study, practical language skills are deepened and content from the fields of linguistics, literary studies and cultural studies are taught.

The field of linguistics includes consideration of the origin, development and current state of the French language (phonology, word formation, syntax, etc.). The students also get an overview of other sub-disciplines of linguistics as well as their theories and methods.

Literary studies offer an insight into the history of literature in the respective language area from the Middle Ages to the present (epochs, genres, authors, works, etc.). She also deals with theories, methods and models relating to French literature. Furthermore, students get to know methods and tools of literary research.

Cultural studies deals with theories, methods and models with a view to the different cultures, but also with country-specific orientation knowledge. For the French-speaking area, political systems, economic and social structures as well as media landscapes and education in the past and present are considered.

This subject must be combined with another subject:

Entry requirements 

HZB (e.g. Abitur)

German language skills (language level GeR C1)

Career Prospects

Science management, education (adult education at universities, language courses at adult education centers, educational institutions, etc.), books (publishing / library / translation / editing), culture (cultural institutions, cultural management, embassies, Goethe institutes, cultural institutes, regional cultural work, exhibitions, etc.) , Media / journalism (press, radio, television, online media, editing, public relations), administration (international relations e.g. diplomatic service, institutions of the European Union, international organizations), teaching, science (teaching / research at universities, research institutions, etc.

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