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Language, Literature, Culture (MA)

Taught in German


 Master of Arts (MA)

Duration of studies

 4 semesters - 120 credit points (CP)  


since 21 August 2007


The combined Master's degree course Language, Literature & Culture is structured according to a major-subject/minor-subject model. With its suitability for combination both within the faculty and outside it and at the same time with its consistency with regards to content, it fits with the demands of professional orientation and innovation. The model offers clearly profiled study structures combining this with a broad selection of options for a choice of qualification profiles for the students.
The following subjects are offered as eligible minor subjects by Faculty 03 Social Sciences and Cultural Studies and Faculty 04 History and Cultural Studies: Protestant and Catholic Theology, History, Eastern European History, Classical Archaeology, Greek and Latin Philology, Art History, Art Education, Musicology, Music Education and Philosophy, Political Sciences, Sociology, Education.

Entrance requirements

The requirement for acceptance into the Master's course is to have completed a Bachelor`s degree in the selected subjects with a relevant profile at a university or an equivalent academic qualification.
In the major subject teaching units of at least 20 cp and in the minor subject or the ancillary subjects teaching units of at least 10 cp must be successfully completed. The decision as to whether the requirements have been met for acceptance into the Master`s course or whether other, exceptional qualifications will be recognised in this decision, is made by the board of examiners. Additionally, specific language requirements must be met: information about all subject-specific prerequisites.
For the selection of minor subjects offered by Faculty 03 and Faculty 04 the requirements for these subjects in the original course of study apply: subject-specific prerequisites

Application and admission

  • The degree course is not limited internally.
  • The general application deadline of JLU Gießen is July 15 for the winter semester.
  • Please note that the application period for the Master's course can be extended. This information will be published here (in German).
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. More on this...

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester.

Composition of degree programme

The course of study consists of:
- one major subject (50 cp + 30 cp Thesis) and one minor subject (40 cp)
- one major subject (50 cp + 30 cp Thesis) and two ancillary subjects (à 20 cp)
Subjects (Links to further information as pdf pdf-documents)  Major
Ancillary Subject
Computer Linguistics and Text Technology (Information of the Department) (pdf Study Guide in German  X  X  X
German as a Foreign Language (Information of the Department)  (pdf Study Guide in German)  X  X  X
Anglophone Literary, Cultural and Media Studies (ALCMS)**** (Information of the Department, see: General Information for Students > Degree Courses)  (pdf Study Guide in German)  X  X  X
English Linguistics (Information of the Department, see: General Information for Students > Degree Courses) (pdf Study Guide in German)  X  X  X
French*  X  X  X
German Linguistics: Texts-Media-Language Competence (Information of the Department)  (pdf Study Guide in German)  X  X  X
German Literary Studies: German Literature - German Literatures (Information of the Department) (pdf Study Guide in German)  X  X  X
Spanish* X  X  X
Slavic Linguistics  (pdf Study Guide in German) X X X
Slavic Languages and Cultures: Russian Studies / Russian** (Information of the Department) X X X
Slavic Languages and Cultures: Czech Studies / Czech** X X
Slavic Languages and Cultures: Polish Studies** X X

Slavic Languages and Cultures: Croatian / Serbian**

Portuguese Studies / Portuguese* X
Comparative Studies (Information of the Department) (pdf Study Guide in German) X
Protestant Theology*** X
History*** X
Greek Philology*** X
Catholic Theology*** X
Art History*** X
Art Education*** X
Classical Archaeology*** X
Latin Philology*** X
Musicology*** X
Eastern European History*** X
Education*** X
Political Science*** X
Sociology*** X
Philosophy*** X
*  (pdf Study Guide for Romance Languages)
**(pdf Study Guide for Slavic Languages and Cultures)
***Further information: MA History and Cultural Studies

The course of study imparts academic knowledge and relevant research findings in the subjects German, English, Romance Studies and Slavic Studies.
It further develops knowledge gained in the BA course in the areas of language, literature and culture of those countries in which German, English, Romance languages and Slavic languages are spoken. Apart from that the Master`s course also introduces independent research and can therefore serve as a basis for postgraduate studies.
The aim of the course of study is to impart more in-depth comprehensive knowledge of the language, literature and cultural science as well as comprehensive competences in scientific methodology of the various subjects. Students must learn how to independently acquire and to apply and critically evaluate linguistic, literary and cultural models and theories. During the studies students must develop their academic judgemental skills, the command of subject-specialised language, communicative skills and ability to work in a team. Over and above that they must become able to independently analyse complex issues and to plan, conduct and evaluate their own work independently.

Further information

  • The student handbook is available on the right

Subject advisors

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