The bachelor’s program in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies (CELLS) focuses on the language and literature of English-speaking cultural areas. The core components of the program are language courses as well as subject-specific modules in Literary Studies and Linguistics in English and American Studies. You can either specialize in Linguistics or in Literary Studies. Students can develop their subject knowledge by taking the Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives module. In the course of this module they can gain insight into other departments dealing with similar topics, yet using different methods.
Within the context of the practical module students can inform themselves about potential career opportunities and gain practical skills. The program thus allows students to apply their theoretical knowledge in practice already at an early stage and provides access to interesting areas of activity.
Here, you will find an exact description of the contents respecting each course of your program and the skills you will have acquired once you have completed the course. This information is important if you are going to take courses at another university (e.g. during a semester abroad) or have taken courses at another university in the past (preparatory studies) and are planning on having the ECTS credits already obtained recognized for your program of study. Please consider that there may be different versions of the module catalogs for each program of study depending on the start of the program (due to changes in the examination regulations).
This degree plan only serves as an example of how you can successfully complete your program of study in six semesters. You can decide on the order in which you would like to take the courses and examinations of the program, but you should be mindful of taking the examinations that are relevant for the orientation examination within the first three semesters. Please keep in mind that some courses are only offered either in the fall semester or in the spring semester (for further information click on Portal²).
To successfully complete the bachelor’s program in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies you need to have a good level of English proficiency. In order to apply for a study place, students are required to have English language proficiency equivalent to level B2. Ideally, this should be proven by the Abitur diploma (with an average grade of at least ten points obtained during the last four semesters of German upper secondary education). According to the selection statutes, students can also present a language certificate as proof.
Studying abroad always helps you grow personally and professionally. And there is no better place to learn a foreign language than the country where the language is spoken. Don’t miss this great opportunity! Ideally you should plan your semester abroad for the fifth semester; however, a stay abroad during the spring semester (fourth or sixth semester) is also possible. We will help you plan your stay abroad and will be happy to advise you – whether you plan a semester abroad or an internship abroad.
You do not have to complete a mandatory internship in the bachelor's program in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies. Nevertheless, it is recommended to gain first work experience while still studying. We are happy to help you find a suitable internship.
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Graduates of the bachelor’s program in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies have the necessary qualification to start a professional career in the international context. This includes professional careers in the areas of culture, public relations, social media, and journalism. Ideally, you will gain first work experience during your program of study that helps you make the right career choice after graduation. We are happy to help you find a suitable internship.
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A bachelor’s degree in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies also qualifies you for the master’s program in English and American Studies or similar programs.
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