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English: Language, Literatures and Cultures (B.A) (two subjects)


The entire English-speaking world: In the English Philology 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.

English Philology (B.A) (two subjects)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2 subjects)
Standard period of study:
6 semesters
Only the winter semester
Language requirements:
German and Englisch
Language of the programme:
German and English
(enrolment without previous application)
Orientation events:
Orientation events are offered

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

Specialized fields: English Literature and Cultural Studies; North American Studies; Modern English Language (Linguistik); Mediaeval English Language and Literature (Mediävistik); Teaching Methodology of English.

Profiles that can be studied: job-related study; specialization; general studies (Studium Generale).

Related and consecutive/graduate programmes


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

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Language requirements

Good English language skills are required for the study program. You should show that you have sufficient English language skills before you start your studies, i.e. when you apply or when you enroll. If this is not possible, you have until July 15 of the following year to provide proof.


Winter semester only
1st subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)
2nd to 6th subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)

Non-German citizens without a German educational qualification

Citizen from a non-EU country (or stateless person)


Online Study Orientation Guide

The Faculty of Humanities and the Department of English at Göttingen University are delighted to welcome you to our Online Study Orientation Guide! We hope that it will prove a useful tool for you to decide on whether one of the subjects presented here – English Studies and American Studies – will be right for you.

You will be introduced to our various degree programmes, and we are confident this will help you make up your mind about whether studying at our Department is the best option for you.


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Study and examination advice Faculty of Humanities

Lisa Katharina Müller and Eva Wolff

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888 (Müller)
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26713 (Wolff)



Academic Advising

Dr. Frauke Reitemeier

Department of English
Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3
37073 Göttingen

Phone.: +49-551 39 27562