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Comparative Studies - Comparative Literature and Culture (BA)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Introduction in winter semester 2020/21




The Bachelor's programme "Comparative Studies" (Comparative Literature and Culture) will start in the winter semester 2020/21. The programme offers an introduction to the methods and subjects of general and comparative literature, deals with key texts of European and international literature, as well as the worldwide networking of literary texts and their different reception histories and interaction with other arts and media. Various systematic approaches to dealing with texts, media and their diverse cultural contexts will be acquired. Reading courses, optional language courses, an internship module or a semester abroad and different areas of specialisation also open up individual design possibilities.


After completion of the Bachelor's degree, the studies can be continued in the Master's programme "Comparative Studies - Comparative Literature and Culture (MA)".


Duration of studies

6 semesters - 180 credit points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the study programme

The programme consists of 14 compulsory/elective modules.

Students can choose between a semester abroad (30 CP) or an internship (20 CP) plus extra-curricular competences (10 CP)

The programme provides qualifications for a wide range of occupational fields in the fields of communication, continuing education, the cultural sector and the media industry.

Compulsory modules

In the compulsory modules you will deal with topics of literary and cultural studies and media studies.The aspect of literary analysis and literary criticism is of particular importance.
The following compuslory modules are offered:

  • Introduction to comparative literature
  • Major works / key texts of world literature
  • Poetics and aesthetics
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • European literature and culture I   
  • Literary history / stories
  • Texts and media
  •  Cultural practice
  • European literature and culture II
  • Lecture module
  • Textuality and mediality
  • Specialisation module I
  • Specialisation Module II
  • Lecture module II
  • Thesis module


Elective modules

The following elective modules are offered:

  • Stay abroad (modules on literary and cultural studies and media studies) (30 CP)  or
  • Internship (20 CP) plus extra-curricular competences (10 CP)



Commencement of studies

only in the winter semester

Admission requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualification (= Abitur or comparable qualification), Fachhochschule entrance qualification, master craftsman's examination, higher education entrance qualification for professionally qualified persons. More...
  • Proof of internship (pre-study internship) is not required.
  • Please note that applicants with a foreign higher education entrance qualification are also required to provide proof of German language skills. More...

Language requirements

For the main subjects Hispanic Studies/Spanish and French Studies/French, a proof of language proficiency must be submitted before the start of the programme, at the latest when enrolling. Please read the relevant information on the required language skills carefully and, if necessary, contact the Central Student Advisory Service .


Application / Enrolment

The intake capacity of this degree programme is not limited.
The application for the winter semester 2020/21 must be received by the Registrar's Office of the University of Giessen by September 30, 2020. Application portal

Please note that deadline extensions can be decided for degree programmes with no intake limitation. These are published in the application portal.

Different rules may apply to international applicants. More...

Please note:
This year, other application and enrolment deadlines may apply.
Please refer to this page for information on the deadlines.


More information

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Study counseling

Study guidance


Prof. Dr. Kirsten von Hagen

Department of Romance Studies
Philosophikum II, Haus G, Raum 110b
Karl-Glöckner-Str. 21
35394 Giessen
Tel.: 0641 - 99 31120/31148 (Sekr.)

Prof. Dr. Annette Simonis
Department of German Studies 
Philosophikum II, Haus G, Raum 27a
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10
35394 Giessen
Tel.: 0641 - 99 31080/31081 (Sekr.)

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