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Romance Studies (M.A.) - Option for Double Degree

"True romance" in Göttingen: Building on related Bachelor's studies, the Master's degree programme in Romance Studies provides a deeper knowledge of the language, literature and cultural aspects of the Romance countries and their cultural sphere. Academic and language-related foci are available for the four major Romance languages: French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Programme: Romance Studies
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Start: Summer and winter semester
Degree programme options: Single Honours MA in Romance Studies (78 C) wirh double-degree option in the study focus Gallo-Romance; Joint Honours MA in Romance Studies (42 C); module packages: French/Gallo-Romance Studies, Italian/Italian Studies, Portuguese/Portuguese Studies (Lusitanistics), Spanish/Hispanic Studies as MA minor subjects (36 C/18 C)
Admission requirements for Single and Joint Honours MA: Overview
Language requirements: The language requirements depend on the respective study focus.
Entrance requirements for module packages: Overview
Note for international applicants: For the enrolment at the Faculty of Humanities certified proficiency in German language is required!
Application: application procedure (application to the faculty of humanities)
Language of the programme: German

Programme description:
The Master's Programme in Romance Studies is a consecutive programme that follows and builds upon the Bachelor's programme. It conveys in-depth knowledge in language, literature and cultural science of the Romance language and cultural regions.

Concentrations in Göttingen:
The Göttingen programme in Romance Studies is completely dedicated to the Romance languages. It comprises the four large Romance languages French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese as well as the non-European Romance language regions and – in the elective range – Romanian, Catalan, Galician and Sardinian. Supplementing these, students may take courses in the field of language practice and regional studies. The concentrations in linguistics lie in variety linguistics, language contact research, cognitive semantics, historical grammar and syntax.

The sub-disciplines of literary science deal with Romance literature from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century with concentrations on interculturalism, imagology, autobiographical writings and gender studies of literary science.

Programme structure:
The Master's programme in Romance Studies can be selected as a single subject programme with 78 credits or as a programme with 42 credits in connection with an external module packet. This requires the selection of a subject-scientific or language-related concentration. Students may select from the following concentrations: Linguistics, Literary Science, Gallo-Romance Studies, Spanish Studies, Italian Studies and Portuguese Studies.

For the subject-scientific concentrations Linguistics and Literary Science, elective compulsory modules in linguistics and literature science must be selected (e.g. French and Spanish linguistics). In the individual language concentrations, elective compulsory modules in linguistics and literary science are combined (e.g. Italian linguistics and literary science). In addition, elective modules are studied. These aim to extend the student's knowledge in a comprehensive education of Romance Studies, expand practical language abilities, compliment the concentration with subject-specific modules in linguistics, literature or regional studies, give in-depth knowledge in the selected areas of concentration or students may learn a “smaller” Romance language such as Romanian, Catalan, Galician or Sardinian.

Occupational fields:
The degree Master's of Arts in Romance Studies qualifies for a university career, for positions in research and cultural institutions, in cultural journalism, culture management and public relations and generally for all fields of occupation that require comprehensive knowledge of the Romance languages and cultures as well as intercultural skills.