STUDY

Bachelor English and American Studies

Contents of degree programme

The Bachelor's degree programme English and American Studies provides an academic education and qualification for professional activities, and trains students to become experts in the English language and in Anglophone literature and culture. Through classes in language, linguistics, literature and culture, students acquire a range of theoretical and practical skills, which open the doors to a variety of professions and occupational fields relating to the English language and to Anglophone cultures.

Particularities

General recognition:
Students,
a) whose first language is English;
b) who have graduated from a domestic or foreign English-speaking tertiary educational institution;
c) who can provide other credible proof of an equivalent language proficiency,

can substitute the remaining course examinations from the compulsory subject " Linguistic Basic and Advanced Studies Language" by successfully completing the courses "Professional Speaking Skills", "Professional Writing Skills" and "BA Thesis Writing".

Fact Box

Duration:
6
Semester
ECTS:
180

Level of qualification:
Bachelor's degree programme

Degree:

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Prerequisites:

Yes


Entrance examination:

No


Supplemental examinations:

Yes


Language of instruction:

English

Curriculum/Studienplan (PDF, German version, legally binding)
Curriculum (PDF, English version)

Contact details

Study objectives

The Bachelor's degree programme teaches students a wide range of practical, theoretical, and scientific skills. These skills relate both to the English language acquisition and to the application of anglophone research concepts. Students are qualified to

  • competently apply the English language orally, in writing and on a theoretical level.
  • adopt a differentiated approach to cultural artefacts.
  • deal constructively with societal and socio-cultural commonalities and differences.
  • deal productively with gender-relevant issues.
  • integrate values and skills from Global Citizenship Education in the face of modern global challenges.

Admission to the degree programme

The admission to the degree programme must take place before the end of the general admission period (winter semester: 9 July to 5 September | summer semester: 8 January to 5 February). A late admission within the extension period can only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

 

Prerequisites

General university entrance qualification

English language level B2

Supplemental examinations

Test to determine the proficiency in English: The Oxford Placement Test is a test of general English language competence. It takes maximally 80 minutes and is administered online.

The additional examination Latin must be successfully completed by the fourth semester. The additional examination is not required, if students completed Latin lessons from the 9th grade onwards, amounting to at least 10 hours per week.

Programme structure

Introductory phase (STEOP)

The introductory orientation phase grants students an overview of the key elements of the degree programme and of the course of studies ahead. Thus, it provides a factual basis for the personal evaluation of the choice of degree programme. As students must successfully complete the introductory orientation phase in order to continue their studies, it is recommended that the introductory orientation phase should be scheduled during the first semester. The introductory orientation phase within the Bachelor's degree programme English and American studies at the AAU comprises three courses ("Introduction to Linguistics 1", "Introduction to Literary Studies 1", "British OR American Culture: History and Society") and a placement test (modular examination: "Placement Test") amounting to a total of 10 ECTS credits.

Overview

Fach
Fachbezeichnung
ECTS
Empfohlene Semester
Required subjects
STEOP
(Inklusive "Placement Test/Einstufungstest")
10
1
Sprachliches Grund- und Aufbaustudium Language
27
1-6
Fachliches Grund- und Aufbaustudium Translation
9
2-3
Fachliches Grund- und Aufbaustudium Linguistics
15
2-4
Fachliches Grund- und Aufbaustudium Literature
15
2-4
Fachliches Grundstudium Culture
9
2-4
Fachliches Vertiefungsstudium12
4-5
Elective subjects
Linguistisch ausgerichtetes Wahlfach
12
1-6
Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlich ausgerichtetes Wahlfach
12
4-5
Freie Kombination
12
4-6
Gebundenes Wahlfach
12

Options

20
1-6
Bachelor thesis

15

Summe

180

Practical training

Curriculum in English (PDF)

The legally binding version of this curriculum is the German version!

Periods of study abroad

All students enrolled in English and American Studies are urgently advised to complete part of their degree programme (at least one semester) as a study period abroad in an English-speaking region. Moreover, all students are encouraged to participate in any scheduled excursions.

Erasmus+ and Joint Study programs allow students to study at numerous partner universities in Europe and across the globe.

Careers and occupational profiles

Graduates of the Bachelor's degree programme in English and American Studies are ideally equipped for professional activities in numerous established and alternative occupational fields:

  • as publishing editor
  • in organisations working in the cultural and administrative sphere
  • as translator
  • in extra-mural and corporate training and continuing education
  • in mass communication (broadcasting, television, print media, film, radio, Internet, etc.)
  • in advertising
  • in the leisure and tourism sectors
  • in the development of lexika, textbooks
  • computational linguistics
  • in archives and libraries

What our graduates say

"Working in an international company means conducting daily
communications in English. My degree in English and American Studies
provided an excellent preparation for this, and it established a strong
foundation for my professional performance. As well as as reaching a high level of proficiency in English, the degree programme also
reinforced my ability to work autonomously and in teams. I particularly
appreciated the family atmosphere at the department and the study period
abroad."

Mag. Vera WerginzCountry Manager Austria, BikBok

Continuing your studies

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor’s degree programme English and American Studies, students can continue their studies in the Master’s degree programme English and American Studies.

Specialist courses

Within the scope of the free electives and in accordance with the respective curriculum, students can receive credits for individual courses or for entire modules from other subject areas.

Extension curricula

Extension curricula (EC) reflect a special type of restricted electives, and facilitate the acquisition of in-depth specialized knowledge.