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 eight 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 consists of five module groups:

A) Core modules
B) Specialisation and profile modules
C) Expansion modules
D) Language modules
E) Performance modules and internship

A) The core modules are comprised of four linguistic modules and the computer science core module. The linguistic core modules impart the linguistic, historical, theoretical and methodological prerequisites for working with literary and expository texts in the German and other languages. An integrated lecture series sketches out and highlights the interrelationships of the various disciplines represented in the degree programme.

B) You will choose two subjects from the area of linguistics, literary studies, cultural studies, media studies or Digital Humanities. In this module group, you can choose from American, British, Czech, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian or Polish language and culture courses. Media Studies subjects offered are Cultural Media Research and Media Linguistics. Finally, Digital Humanities is another subject available to those studying this programme.

C) At this stage of the programme, you can either expand on your knowledge in the subjects you chose in module group B, or gain knowledge in ancillary disciplines, such as history, pedagogy, philosophy, political science or theology.

D) You will choose one or two languages from: Czech, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian or Polish.

E) In this module group you will put the skills and expertise you developed while studying the programme to good use: You will learn to produce, present and redact speeches and written texts, to moderate communicative situations and to treat textual material for use in a variety of media. Furthermore, you will complete a project module, consisting, on the one hand, of a lecture series in which a selection of topics from the disciplines involved in the degree programme are presented and a project related to these topics on the other. The project module comprises a practical and a reasoning part. Moreover, you will complete a compulsory internship of at least three months in length. As part of this programme, you will write a dissertation on a topic chosen from module group B.

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.