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Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and the Modern Era (B.A.) (two subjects)


Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and the Modern Era
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2 subjects)
Standard period of study:
6 semesters
Only the winter semester
Language of the programme:
open (enrolment without previous application)
Orientation events:
Orientation events are offered


Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and the Modern Era deals with the monumental Latin literature that originated in the period from 500 to 1800. Since many of the texts belonging to this literature are not available in printed form, rather only in medieval handwriting, the subject also concentrates on paleography (the study of ancient writings) and codicology (study of ancient manuscripts).

Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and the Modern Era includes the resumption and processing of ancient literature on the one hand. On the other hand, it provides the significant models up into the 18th centruy for the vernacular literature and literature in the national language of Europe that originated at the same time. In addition, up into the Early Modern period, Latin is the language of many sources related to historical science (certificates, chronicles etc.).

For these reasons, the subject Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and Modern Era has - within the humanities and cultural sciences - unique potential to cooperate and network with its numerous neighbouring disclines (Classical Philology, German Philology, Romance Philology, English Philolog, Scandianvian Philology, Philolsophy, Theology, Art History, Musicology, History of the Natural Sciences, historical science research of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Early Modern Period.).

  • Literature and history of education in the high and late middle ages
  • Humanism and reformation in Germany
  • History of genre
  • Rhetoric
  • Historical communication

At the beginning of the study the small Latinum is required. Before the end of the study program, the Latinum must be proven. However, in order to get off to a good start in your studies, it is advisable to have acquired a comparable knowledge of Latin before you begin. In addition, knowledge of one or more modern foreign languages (English, French, Italian, Spanish) is strongly recommended for reading relevant literature.

Suitable additional subjects in the double-subject programme are above all neighbouring subject from the field of mediavistics (philologies such as German, English or Romance Studies, additionally history, philosophy, among others); a combination with Classical Philology is also suggested.

The cultural, literary and linguistic competencies of the graduates assures them many possibilities on the job market: Out-of-school educational institutions, publishing houses and journalism are possible areas of occupation, but especially libraries, institutes of higher education and non-university research institutes; and the urgently required staff for different DFG long-term projects for cataloguing writings can also be recruited from the graduates. Finally, graduates with the suitable subject combinations may find occupational possibilities in museums, archives and other institutions of documentation.

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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)

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