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English (B.A) (two subjects/teaching profession profile)

The entire English-speaking world: In the English degree programme, you will get to know the entire range of anglophone language and culture: from the mastery of the language to literature, culture and new media. Study foci can be found in the areas of English Literature and Cultural Science, the English Language and Literature of the Middle Ages, American Studies and Linguistics. Prospective teachers will additionally acquire essential specialised didactic knowledge.

Field of study: English (B.A.) (two subjects/teaching profession profile)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Typical length of study: 6 semesters
Start: winter semester only
Language requirements before commencement of study (proof required):
good to very good knowledge of English (see right column)
Language of the programme: German


  • 1st and 2nd subject semester: limited admission (application to the University)
  • 3rd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): limited admission (application to International Student Services)

Outline of field of study

Language requirements before commencement of studies (with proof)
You find the language requirements following the link in the right column. It is appropiate to provide the evidence of language proficiency already at the point of enroling. However, students have the chance of obtaining the evidence of language proficiency during the first year; each winter semester, the department offers a preparation course for the TOEFL test, which can be taken at the Central Office for Languages and Key Qualifications (ZESS).

Subject matter/Contents/Objectives
The educational objective is to impart the scientific foundations of the subject. Graduates of English Philology are expected to be capable of working independently on scientific papers; of becoming competent in, as well as having expert knowledge of, the language, literature and culture of Great Britain, North America and other English-speaking countries.

Philology (Sprachwissenschaft):
Knowledge of the structures, functions and rules of contemporary English. The competence to use established and appropriate methodological analysis of spoken and written English. Knowledge of basic terms, methods and results of synchronic and diachronic philology. Knowledge of the historical development of the English language including older versions of the language.
Knowledge of the theories of foreign language acquisition. Profound knowledge of a particular area of philology; where there is a weighting toward medieval studies: the ability to read, scientifically analyze and to explain texts written in the older versions of the language in their literary and cultural context.

Literature and culture studies (Literatur und Kulturwissenschaft):
Knowledge of primary specialized terminology, theories and methodology. Overview of the history of British and North American literature and culture (with various weighting possibilities).
The ability to extrapolate appropriately (analysis and interpretation) from diverse literary texts (using audio-visual media) from various periods, as well as being able to classify genre and era.
Insights into the contiguities of British and North American literature and culture with other national literatures and cultures.

Language practice (Sprachpraxis):
Standardized and assured command of contemporary spoken and written English (including the ability to translate from German into English).
The ability to understand English texts (including the ability to translate English texts into German).

Culture, history and institutions (Landeskunde):
Knowledge of basic aspects of modern British and American history (with various weighting possibilities).
Knowledge of essential geographical, political, social, economic and cultural facts of Great Britain and The United States of America, including historical preconditions.
The ability to complement work in other subject areas by incorporating knowledge of culture, history and institutions.
The field in Göttingen, specialized fields, and main research areas
Specialized fields: English Literature and Cultural Studies; North American Studies; Modern English Language (Linguistik); Mediaeval English Language and Literature (Mediävistik); Teaching Methodology of English.

Degree structure
Orientation modules (semester 1); follow-up modules: semester 2, 3; advanced modules (semester 4); final exams and graduation: semester 6 (possibly earlier).

Possible/recommended profiles
Profiles that can be studied: job-related study; specialization; general studies (Studium Generale), only as a major.