The linguistics bachelor's degree provides profound knowledge of the methods and theories of analyzing language skills in the field of cognitive science. Accordingly, great importance is attached to careful training in formal basics (formal logic, programming language, statistical procedures) - as well as intensive basic training in grammar theory (from phonology to semantics), in psycholinguistics (language acquisition, language processing) and in many aspects of computational linguistics. In later study phases you will acquire in-depth knowledge in the areas of grammar theory and psycholinguistics you have chosen.
Rather traditional philological questions in linguistics and the embedding of language in culture and society play practically no role in the courses offered in the Bachelor's degree.


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. 

The linguistics bachelor's degree program has a total of 180 credit points and includes the content shown in the overview below. As part of the BSc Linguistics, students have the opportunity to complete some of the credit points in the areas of phonology, syntax, semantics / pragmatics, syntax-semantics interface or psycho- and neurolinguistics through research-related internal internships that the lecturers of the linguistics institute in the Usually advertise semester by semester. Internships can also be completed outside of the institute


Credit points

Compulsory modules 48 LP

Introduction to linguistics and computational linguistics

Introduction to phonetics and phonology

Introduction to Morphology

Introduction to the syntax

Introduction to semantics

Introduction to psycho- and neurolinguistics

Mathematical and logical basics

Research colloquium and test person hours

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

9 LP

6 LP

3 LP

Compulsory elective modules: Consolidation
phase Compulsory elective modules totaling 42 credit points (7 of 9 modules) must be successfully completed.
42 LP
Phonetics and Phonology
Syntax of a single language
Formal languages ??and automata in computational
Language acquisition Language processing
Varieties and grammar systems
Empirical methods in grammar research
Compulsory elective modules: advanced phase
Compulsory elective modules totaling 48 credit points (4 of 6 modules) must be successfully completed.
48 LP
Phonology: Theories and models
Syntax: Theories and models
Semantics and pragmatics
Syntax-semantics interface Computational
Psycho- and neurolinguistics
Integrative academic basic skills 12 LP
Self-reflection and scientific work

Statistics and empirical methods
6 LP

6 LP
Subject-integrative and, in addition, interdisciplinary field-specific skills 18 LP
Modules from the Studium Plus range of the BAMAO Studiumplus

PRS programming language catalog
12 LP

6 LP
bachelor thesis  12 LP
total 180 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 English skills are therefore an advantage.

Proof of a university entrance qualification is required for the bachelor's degree at the University of Potsdam


Graduates of the bachelor's degree in Linguistics are proficient in the empirical and experimental methods of psycholinguistics and grammar theory and are familiar with the theories in these areas. That is why they are ideally qualified for activities in research and teaching at universities and research institutions such as Max Planck Institutes. Such activities usually require a further qualification (master's degree, doctorate) and often offer unique opportunities to develop the latest findings on the cognitive foundations of language skills in international and interdisciplinary teams. Scientific careers are exciting, but the road to permanent employment is often long.

Due to the solid basis of our basic education, our graduates are also optimally prepared for specialized master’s programs in other sub-areas of linguistics (language comparison, language documentation, etc.)

Modern linguistics is also associated with promising fields of activity outside of research and teaching, such as in the area of ??machine language processing and the therapy of speech disorders.

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