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.
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".
Level of qualification:
Bachelor's degree programme
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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.
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.
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.
(Inklusive "Placement Test/Einstufungstest")
|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|
|Elective subjects||Linguistisch ausgerichtetes Wahlfach||12||1-6|
|Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlich ausgerichtetes Wahlfach||12||4-5|
Curriculum in English (PDF)
The legally binding version of this curriculum is the German version!
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
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 (EC) reflect a special type of restricted electives, and facilitate the acquisition of in-depth specialized knowledge.