B.A. Language and Text Sciences

B.A. Language and Text Sciences

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Quick facts
ProgrammeLanguage and Text Sciences
Degree awardedBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Duration and credits6 semesters; 180 ECTS credits
Starts inApril (summer semester)
and October (winter semester)
Language of instructionGerman; includes modules taught in a foreign language

About the programme

In today's knowledge economy and with globalisation in full swing, text competence has never been more important. Studying for the B.A. Language and Text Sciences will give you the know-how to write and present professional-quality texts and guide others in producing and presenting texts.

As part of this programme, you will learn to work with literary and expository texts to academic and pragmatic requirements, analysing them from a contemporary and historical perspective. You will also develop the necessary expertise to comprehend these texts on an intuitive level and as linguistic systems of symbols with structural and communicative functions.

This programme of study draws upon the academic disciplines of linguistics, literary studies, cultural studies and media studies. You will have the chance to specialise in German, English, Romance or Slavic Studies or Digital Humanities.

Upon completing this degree programme, you will have the option of continuing your studies at the Master's level, e.g. by studying the related M.A. Semiotics of Texts and Culture, which is also offered by the University of Passau. Both degree programmes have been accredited and carry the Seal of Quality of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany.

Features

  • Specialise in German, English, Romance or Slavic Studies, Media Studies or Digital Humanities
  • Complete one or more compulsory internships (amounting to a minimum of three months in total)
  • An internationally-oriented programme with twelve foreign languages to choose from

Career prospects

It is difficult to over-emphasise the importance of being able to produce, present and comprehend texts, especially in our fast-moving times where change is the only constant. Text are important on a personal level, helping us as individuals to train and retain our intellectual capabilities; as a society, we depend on texts for the creation, transfer and application of knowledge.

Since text comprehension and production permeates every aspect of our modern societies, it follows that B.A. Language and Text Sciences graduates can find employment in a very wide range of economic sectors and occupations, particularly in those where text comprehension, a clear and correct writing style and the ability to concisely relate the meaning of written texts play an important role.

Typical activities include analysing and preparing texts, archival work, maintaining online databases, as well as preparing, processing and optimising texts in a press and public relations context.

Potential employers include private-sector businesses, associations, religious and political organisations, public-sector institutions, publishing hoses, online media outlets, cultural institutions (theatres, museums, etc.) and educational institutions. Graduates may also work in a self-employed capacity in the above areas.

Programme syllabus

The programme comprises three module groups:

A) Core modules
B) Compulsory elective modules
C) Foreign languages and work experience

A) Module area A is comprised of introductory lectures on Media Semiotics, Academic Research and Writing, German Linguistics and Methodology of Semiotics of Texts and Culture.

B) In module group B, students choose two subjects from the areas of Linguistics, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies or Digital Humanities:

  • Czech, English, French, German or Spanish Linguistics
  • Medieval or modern German literature or English and American literature.
  • French or Spanish and Latin-American literature and culture or Slavic literature and culture
  • German as a Foreign Language
  • Media Linguistics
  • Areas of Application of Semiotics of Texts and Culture
  • Digital Humanities

C) Students choose one or two of the following languages for study: Chinese, Czech, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai or Vietnamese.
Moreover, students complete a compulsory internship, of a minimum duration of three months, in Germany or abroad.

For further details, please consult the Academic Advice Service's infosheet (German) and the module catalogue.

Academic entry requirements

To apply for this degree programme you need a recognised university entrance qualification, e.g. the German Abitur or an equivalent qualification.

German language requirements

You will need German language skills at level B2 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-1 or TestDaF 3×4 with your application, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school).

The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.