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English (B.A) (two subjects/teaching profession profile)


The entire English-speaking world: In the English degree programme, you will get to know the entire range of anglophone language and culture: from the mastery of the language to literature, culture and new media. Study foci can be found in the areas of English Literature and Cultural Science, the English Language and Literature of the Middle Ages, American Studies and Linguistics. Prospective teachers will additionally acquire essential specialised didactic knowledge.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A) (two subjects/teaching profession)
Standard period of study:
6 semesters
Only the winter semester
Language of the programme:
restricted admission (application to the University)

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The educational objective is to impart the scientific foundations of the subject. Graduates of English Philology are expected to be capable of working independently on scientific papers; of becoming competent in, as well as having expert knowledge of, the language, literature and culture of Great Britain, North America and other English-speaking countries.

Knowledge of the structures, functions and rules of contemporary English. The competence to use established and appropriate methodological analysis of spoken and written English. Knowledge of basic terms, methods and results of synchronic and diachronic philology. Knowledge of the historical development of the English language including older versions of the language.

Knowledge of the theories of foreign language acquisition. Profound knowledge of a particular area of philology; where there is a weighting toward medieval studies: the ability to read, scientifically analyze and to explain texts written in the older versions of the language in their literary and cultural context.

Knowledge of primary specialized terminology, theories and methodology. Overview of the history of British and North American literature and culture (with various weighting possibilities).

The ability to extrapolate appropriately (analysis and interpretation) from diverse literary texts (using audio-visual media) from various periods, as well as being able to classify genre and era.

Insights into the contiguities of British and North American literature and culture with other national literatures and cultures.

Standardized and assured command of contemporary spoken and written English (including the ability to translate from German into English).

The ability to understand English texts (including the ability to translate English texts into German).

Knowledge of basic aspects of modern British and American history (with various weighting possibilities).

Knowledge of essential geographical, political, social, economic and cultural facts of Great Britain and The United States of America, including historical preconditions.

The ability to complement work in other subject areas by incorporating knowledge of culture, history and institutions.

The field in Göttingen, specialized fields, and main research areas

Specialized fields: English Literature and Cultural Studies; North American Studies; Modern English Language (Linguistik); Mediaeval English Language and Literature (Mediävistik); Teaching Methodology of English.

Related and consecutive/graduate programmes


In the two-subject Bachelor's programme, two subjects are studied on equal terms.

A total of 180 credits are earned for the Bachelor's degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).

The two subjects each account for 66 credits. The teaching profession profile accounts for 36 credits.

Structure for the subject English (66 C)

Orientation modules (semester 1); follow-up modules: semester 2, 3; advanced modules (semester 4); final exams and graduation: semester 6 (possibly earlier).

The teaching profession profile is divided into the following areas:

  • Didactics (6 C)
  • Educational Sciences and internships (20 C)
  • Electives (10 C)

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Combination of subjects for the teaching profession

English can be combined with all teaching profession subjects.

Language requirements

Good English language skills are required for the study programme. You should show that you have sufficient English language skills before you start your studies, i.e. when you apply or when you enroll. If this is not possible, you have until July 15 of the following year to provide proof.


Winter semester only
1st and 2nd subject semester:
restricted admission (application to the University)
3rd 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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Tina Seufer and Eva Wolff

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888 (Seufer)
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26713 (Wolff)



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Dr. Frauke Reitemeier

Department of English
Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3
37073 Göttingen

Phone.: +49-551 39 27562


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