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World Literature (B.A.)

Would you like to turn your passion for literature into your future career? Or explore literature as a global phenomenon? Then you have come to the right place by choosing the Mono-Bachelor “World Literature” from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Göttingen.

We will take you to the Old Icelandic epics and Chinese novellas,
Greek tragedies and the Russian avant-garde,
texts in cuneiform and postmodern Hypertext stories,
parchment manuscripts and the modern globalised print and digital book market.…

Programme name: World Literature (B.A.)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start: Only in the winter semester
Language requirements before commencement of study (proof required):
upper intermediate to advanced proficiency levels in German and English plus intermediate proficiency in a third additional language.

Admission to the winter semester 2019/20:
  • 1st degree course semester: open admission (enrollment without prior application)
  • 2nd to 6th degree course semester: open admission (enrollment without prior application)
  • International applicants: open admission (application to International Student Office)

Program description:

What the course offers

This study program will invite you to explore literature of all major world regions. The extraordinary variety of European and non-European philologies at the University of Goettingen allows for a global study of literature. You will read prominent works of world’s literature and examine their temporal, spatial and cultural associations. This course is perfect for the applicants who would like to turn their interest in literature into a professional calling.

Course content

You will explore the European and the global interconnections of literature and learn how literary styles and periods have spread beyond the boundaries of their origins. You will understand how texts allude to and authors learn from each other. You will marvel over the literary richness of our world and investigate the cultures that are its creators. The interpretation of such literary devices as metaphor, narrative perspective or rhyme, among others, will clarify for you how the literature functions. You will learn about the specific possibilities of such genres as prose, lyric or dramatic verse and gain the ability to evaluate the qualities of literary works. While working with literary texts you will study and apply journalistic and scientific methods of analysis, which should help you prepare for a subsequent course of study or a professional career.

Study program structure

The study program is organized in four blocks. The first year will be dedicated to building your language skills and examining forms and functions of literary techniques. In the subsequent semesters, you will be looking into the major works of world’s literature, their genres and historic periods. Choosing from a wide variety of elective subjects of the language and literary science departments, you will be able to pursue an individualized course of study.

A semester of study abroad is welcome but not obligatory.

Language requirements

You are required to present proof of proficiency in 3 languages at the start of the study program.

The level of language understanding in either German or English should be no less than C1 (advanced) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and B2 (upper intermediate) respectively. At variance with the standard terms of admission, you may enroll in this course with a B2 (DHS-1) language proficiency level if German is not your first language.

Your third language, if modern, should be certified at B1 (intermediate) level and in case of a classic one you must provide the Latinum (intermediate Latin), the Graecum (Old Greek) or the Hebraecum (Old Hebrew) certificate.

You must be able to acquire an advanced (CEFR C1) proficiency certification in both German and English after the first few semesters, specifically, in German – after the first, and in English – after the second course semester. The program contains language courses to prepare you for the language tests in question.

Career opportunities

The abundance of course offers is naturally reflected in the available professional opportunities.

An internship at a German or foreign literary institution (publishing house, media, literary hub, press, radio, collection, archive, editing, literary museum) is recommended for the professional orientation and will be considered an accreditable part of the course program.

Professional fields

This course, mostly in combination with a secondary study, will prepare you to work in the following professional fields:

  • Literary agent
  • Publisher
  • Lecturer
  • Rights dealer
  • Translator
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Manager of literary and art festivals, museums, fairs and exhibitions.