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German Studies as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme

German Studies as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme
(Bachelor of Arts)

An open old book with text on the left and a picture of two women on the right. © Mandy Dröscher-Teille, LUH
© Mandy Dröscher-Teille, LUH


Course type
Undergraduate studies (2 Subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements


Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The subject german studies is offered as one of two subjects within the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme. Please note the subject combination options.

German Studies can be studied as a first or second subject on the polyvalent Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme. The subject can be combined with 16 other subjects. The subject encompasses the areas of literary studies, linguistics and teaching methodology. The programme also involves professional skills development, comprising the acquisition of key transferable skills and two lots of practical training lasting four weeks each.

The subject involves the thorough analysis of fundamental issues relating to German literature and linguistics, including the teaching of literature and language. To this end, students initially acquire basic knowledge in obligatory introductory courses and broaden this basic knowledge in the compulsory elective areas in the areas of both disciplines, with a specialisation in each area. Exploration of the historical development of the subject, its academic demands and the current state of knowledge is equally as important as the application of the basic theories, methods and working procedures when solving various tasks of interpretation and analysis.

The German Department made a conscious decision to make module D1 Teaching Methodology obligatory for all students. Students wishing to find employment outside schools should also be familiar with the foundations of the skills involved in teaching text-based knowledge.

Further information on the website of the programme German Studies (German language only)

Course Content

  • Foundations of linguistics and grammar
  • Genre-specific textual analysis
  • German as a foreign and second language, and as the language of education
  • Language acquisition and the psychology of language
  • Language in society and the media
  • Linguistic change and the history of language
  • Methods, themes and theories of literary studies
  • Periods of literary history
  • Project work and working techniques
  • Teaching literature and language
Course Structure

Students embark on the degree programme with the basic modules L 1 Introduction to Literary Studies and S 1 Introduction to Linguistics. An overview lecture with an accompanying seminar is offered in L 1, and a four-hour seminar in S 1. Building on this knowledge, students learn the foundations of literary history and grammar in L 2 and S 2. Teaching methodology is taken in module D1 from the 3rd semester, divided into an introduction to literature and language teaching. Compulsory elective modules L 3 to L 5 and S 3 to S 7 on individual aspects of literature and linguistics can also be studied from the 3rd semester. Students choose which compulsory elective modules to take individually, depending on whether German Studies is taken as a first or second subject or with an emphasis on school-based or non-school-based teaching. These courses are flanked by professional skills development involving the compulsory module Key Transferable Skills as well as Education/Psychology in the teacher training part and four weeks of general practical training. If German Studies is the first subject, the Bachelor thesis follows in the 6th semester.

As part of the interdisciplinary bachelor's degree programme, students with a focus on teaching have to complete a non-school-based internship as well as a school internship, both lasting four weeks. The non-school-based internship helps students to get first work insights in the area of teaching, to check on their career aspiration. For students with an non-school-based focus, an eight-week non-school-based internship must be completed.

Recommended Abilities
  • Love of the spoken and written word
  • Enjoyment of reading
  • Excellent knowledge of the German language
  • An interest in one’s linguistic expression
  • An interest in scientific methods
  • Willingness to communicate and discuss
  • Capacity for teamwork and willingness to cooperate
  • Willingness to study independently
Career Opportunities
  • Media (press, publishing, radio, TV)
  • Tourism
  • The advertising industry
  • Public relations (PR) and marketing, communications
  • After completing the Bachelor’s degree programme, graduates may embark on an editorial traineeship or a corporate trainee programme, qualifying them to enter a Profession.
Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master''s programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master''s programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

Some subjects in the interdisciplinary Bachelor are restricted (Biology, Computer Science, Performing Arts, German Studies (school subject: German), English Studies (school subject: English), Geography, History, Music, Political Science, Study of Religion (school subject: Values and Norms), Spanish Studies (school subject: Spanish) and Sports (school subject: Physical Education).

Other subjects are admission-free (Chemistry, Protestant Theology (school subject: Protestant Religious Education), Catholic Theology (school subject: Catholic Religious Education), Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics).

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulation.

Note: The admission regulations reflect the legally prescribed subject combinations in the Master regulation of Lower Saxony.
All currently possible subject combinations can be found under "Combinations".

Application Deadlines

01.06.-15.07. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only apply for the winter semester.
  • Those continuing their studies (application for higher semesters) can also apply for the summer semester (December 1st - January 15th.

The following applies to applications from non-EU countries:

  • VPD from uni-assist OR a passed assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg) is required.
  • Applications for the Studienkolleg must be submitted by July 15th.

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30167 Hannover
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30167 Hannover