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  • Degree programs at the Faculty of Languages and Literatures

    Please note: Our degree programs are taught mainly in German. Degree-seeking students therefore require sufficient German language proficiency.

    Bachelor’s degree programs

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    fold faq Theater Education/Performing Arts

    In the Bachelor’s degree program in Theater Education/Performing Arts students are introduced to the principles of theater education and performing arts and how to implement them in collaboration with others.

    They learn various forms and methods in performing arts, as well as the theories behind them, enabling them to plan, carry out, and reflect upon their own performances. This minor subject is particularly suitable in combination with German studies, Romance studies, or theology, and provides an introduction to theater work with children and adults.

    Degree program website (German)

     

     

    fold faq Bachelor’s degree program in Aisthesis. Culture and Media

    The interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree program in Aisthesis. Culture and Media offers students the opportunity to choose two subjects from a wide range on offer and combine these with basic courses in areas of cultural and media studies, as well as journalism and communication science.

     

    Degree program website (German)

    fold faq European Studies: Language, Literature, and Culture

    This degree program provides students with fundamental knowledge of cultural similarities and differences in Europe, the requirements and conditions for the development of closer ties between the different peoples of Europe, and the links between European and non-European cultures. It focuses on European encounters and experiences, cultural contact, and cultural conflict as areas that hold great potential for intercultural learning through advanced study of Western European cultures. It also provides students with an overview of Central and Eastern European cultures. Students of the program also acquire methodological skills for dealing with language and texts, in particular literary texts, as well as discourses on art and visual culture. In addition to core and professional skills, the program aims to provide students with practical abilities and communications skills and to prepare them for careers where they will be involved in management, cultural management, and knowledge and information transfer against a background of cultural diversity.

    In this interdisciplinary program, students gain:

    • fundamental knowledge of cultural periods in European history and the relationship between European and non-European cultures
    • an insight into key issues, problems, and methods for finding solutions in the relevant philological disciplines (English and American studies, German studies, Romance studies), art history, political science, and theology
    • basic knowledge of one of the following elective subjects: business administration, economics, history, Central and Eastern European history, journalism, geography, European ethnology
    • comprehensive skills in two foreign languages
    • the ability to conduct independent academic work
    • the ability to apply the knowledge gained outside of academia

    Graduates may work in the press, public relations, and all areas where broad knowledge of cultural history, high-level foreign language skills, and strong mediation skills are required, such as:

    • language teaching with a focus on historical influences and culture 
    • positions in which they are responsible for organizing trips abroad and maintaining international contacts 
    • cultural management and media 

    Students are able to choose their own specializations and develop their own individual profiles through their choice of introductory and advanced modules in different philological disciplines and by studying two foreign languages, one of which can be started from scratch. They have a wide range of destinations to choose from for their semester abroad, which they organize largely independently. Core skills courses and a compulsory internship are also part of the program and ensure that students gain independent learning and mediation skills, helping to prepare them for their future careers.

    Degree program website (German)

    fold faq Journalism studies

    In our modern society that is so heavily influenced by the media, skills for handling communication professionally are more important than ever. The Bachelor’s degree program in Journalism prepares students primarily for careers as journalists, but also for other areas related to communication, such as public relations. The program combines the theory of journalism and public communication with practice, as academic teaching is complemented by courses in the KU’s own mock editorial department. Here students learn about all types of media: print, radio, television, and online. The Diplom degree program from which the Bachelor’s degree program was developed was rated as the best journalism program in Germany in the 2005 CHE ranking.

    The program aims to ensure students have excellent career prospects by equipping them with:

    • fundamental knowledge of the development, workings, and conditions of the media, how media is used, and the effects it has
    • key methodological skills
    • basic knowledge of politics, society, and philosophy
    • specialist knowledge of either politics, business, or culture, depending on their chosen specialization
    • the ability to develop and research topics and implement them successfully in various current media

    In addition to the links between theory and practice, multimedia courses, excellent technical equipment, an international focus, and intensive individual support are key features of the degree program. Thanks to the focus on practice, graduates are able to adapt to working life quickly. During the program students receive intensive training in the methods used by journalists for different media and have the opportunity to produce their own newspapers, magazines, television and radio shows, and online magazine.

    The program prepares students primarily for careers as journalists in print, radio, television, or online media. As they gain knowledge of various different forms of media, they also develop the skills required to work on cross-media projects. In addition to the field of journalism, graduates may also work in public relations for companies, associations, NGOs, or political parties. They may also pursue careers in academic research or commercial market and audience research.

    Degree program website (German)

    fold faq Latin American Studies

    The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt is one of only a small number of universities in Germany to offer a program in which students are able to study Latin American culture from a range of perspectives and gain first-hand knowledge of a Latin American country through a stay abroad. The Bachelor’s degree program in Latin American Studies is aimed at students with an interdisciplinary mindset and an interest in Hispanic and Latin American studies and history. In addition to these areas, students also learn about fundamental aspects of the geography and politics of Latin America and take a range of language courses. Graduates of the program may work in wide range of areas and are qualified to pursue further study in a Master’s degree program.

    Degree program website (German)

    Master’s degree programs

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    fold faq Master’s degree program in Aisthesis. Culture and Media

    Graduates of the Bachelor’s degree program in Aisthesis. Culture and Media who wish to pursue further study before entering the job market can continue their studies in the KU’s Master’s degree program in Culture and Media. The program is also open to graduates of other Bachelor’s degree programs who meet the admission requirements.

    Degree program website (German)

    fold faq German as a Second Language as a subject in the KU’s interdisciplinary Master’s degree program

    German as a second language can be studied as part of the KU’s interdisciplinary Master’s degree program. Students who choose this subject complete modules worth 40 ECTS credits in this field.

    The main aim of the subject is to teach students the basics of dealing with the German language as a second language and the German culture as a foreign culture on the basis of academic theory and reflection, as well as the basics of comparative linguistics and cultural studies, and to provide them with the skills required for careers in relevant areas.

    The program is aimed at graduates of degree programs in modern languages, social sciences, cultural studies, or education, and graduates of teaching degree programs with an interested in making international contacts, working in a foreign country, and working with languages and culture either in Germany or abroad. The subject is aimed at both German and international students with a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree.

    Graduates of this program are particularly suitable for careers in the following areas: teaching the German language and culture to young people and adults whose native language is not German, both in Germany and abroad; in particular for international graduates: teaching German as a second language at schools, language schools, and universities in their home countries; working for the Goethe-Institut in the fields of language, educational exchange, and culture in Germany or abroad; the field of international collaboration in the private sector; tourism; publishing or media, in particular with a focus on language and culture; positions at public authorities, in particular cultural authorities; careers as lecturers for German language and culture at universities outside of Germany; research and university teaching (after completing a doctoral degree).

    More information on German as a Second Language at the KU

    fold faq European Studies: Language, Literature, and Culture

    The research-oriented Master’s degree program in European Studies: Language, Literature, and Culture provides students with in-depth knowledge of cultural similarities and differences in Europe, the requirements and conditions for the development of closer ties between the different peoples of Europe, and the links between European and non-European cultures. It focuses on European encounters and experiences, cultural contact, and cultural conflict as areas that hold great potential for intercultural learning through advanced study of Western European cultures.

    Students choose to specialize in either literary studies, linguistics, art history, history, political science, or European ethnology and acquire specific knowledge of these areas in relation to European cultures. In addition, all students take part in a compulsory research project in which they gain experience of research practices and learn how to present research results appropriately in an academic context. The program aims to provide students with practical abilities and communications skills and to prepare them for careers where they will be involved in management, cultural management, and knowledge and information transfer against a background of cultural diversity.

    The interdisciplinary Master’s degree program provides students with

    • in-depth knowledge of cultural periods in European history and the relationship between European and non-European cultures
    • an in-depth understanding of topics related to Europe in one of the following areas: literary studies (English and American studies, German studies, Romance studies), linguistics (English and American studies, German studies, Romance studies), art history, history, political science, or European ethnology
    • comprehensive skills in two foreign languages and, if necessary, basic skills in an additional foreign language
    • the ability to conduct independent academic work and present research findings appropriately
    • the ability to apply the knowledge gained outside of academia

    Graduates may work in areas such as the media, press, and public relations in companies and institutions, and all areas where broad knowledge of cultural history, high-level foreign language skills, and strong mediation skills are required. Students are able to develop their own unique profiles by selecting a specialization and choosing which foreign languages they wish to focus on. They have a wide range of destinations to choose from for their semester abroad, which they organize largely independently. By completing a compulsory research project, students learn to conduct independent academic research and present their research findings orally and in writing in a range of situations. Graduates of the Master’s degree program are qualified to pursue doctoral studies.

    This program is aimed at graduates of the Bachelor’s degree program in European Studies: Language, Literature, and Culture, as well as applicants with a two-subject Bachelor’s degree in two modern languages or one modern language in combination with history, or a similar degree. Prospective students should have a strong interest in linguistics, literary studies, and cultural studies, and a desire to deepen their knowledge of these areas through increasingly independent academic research. In addition, applicants should be particularly interested in improving and expanding their foreign language skills.

    Degree program website (German)

    fold faq InterculturAd – Intercultural Advertising (German–Finnish double degree program)

    The international and interdisciplinary Master’s degree program in InterculturAd – Intercultural Advertising is aimed at applicants with a first degree in the humanities, the social sciences, art history, media studies, business and economics, law, or engineering who would like to specialize in intercultural communication in the field of advertising. Graduates may work in all areas in which decisions are made on advertising communication policy. The intercultural nature of the degree program means that they are particularly suitable for positions of responsibility in international marketing. The program has a particular focus on Scandinavia, which also provides graduates with a starting point from which to enter the Eastern European market.

    This Master’s degree program provides students with in-depth knowledge and skills in the field of intercultural advertising. It aims to equip them with the knowledge and practical skills that they need to analyze, evaluate, and produce advertising materials. These skills are in particularly high demand in fields where decisions about advertising are made against a background of cultural diversity.

    Students spend half of the program at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (the first year) and half at Åbo Akademi University, a Swedish-language university in Turku, Finland. Proficiency in Finnish or Swedish is not required, as the courses in Turku are held in German or English. As all students spend a year studying in the Finnish–Swedish context of Turku, they gain first-hand experience of an intercultural situation during the program. Students take an intensive Swedish course at the KU to prepare for every-day life in Turku. As the program is a double degree program, graduates receive a separate Master’s degree from each of the two universities.

    Degree program website (German)

    fold faq Journalism Studies with focus on management and innovation

    Journalism: Innovation and Management is a research-oriented Master’s degree program. It is open to both graduates of the Bachelor’s degree program in Journalism and applicants with a degree in a different subject.

    Students of the interdisciplinary Master’s degree program in Journalism: Innovation and Management

    • explore the conditions and mechanisms of and relationships between organization, management, and innovation in media and journalism
    • conduct research into important future developments and changes that are expected to take place in media and journalism work with regard to commitment to quality and social responsibility
    • gain the knowledge and skills required to recognize, support, and participate in the changes happening in media and journalistic practice
    • learn how to work independently and are prepared for careers in management in the fields of media and journalism

    The program is research-oriented and aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge and an understanding of key findings in the fields of management and innovation in journalism and media on the basis of current research. Students learn how to apply the knowledge and skills that they have gained to design and carry out independent projects in the fields of management and innovation.

    While students of this degree program are expected to have a high level of initiative and to take on responsibility for themselves, they are also offered intensive individual support.

    Degree program website (German)

    Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program

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    fold faq Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program

    In the KU’s interdisciplinary Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, students can choose several subjects and combine them in different ways to create their own unique profile. There are three variants of these programs: the flexible Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program, the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program in Culture and Media, and a variant suitable for students who are also studying for a teaching degree. Students therefore have a wide range of options when it comes to determining their specializations and developing their profiles, and are able to choose elective modules from a wide range of subjects.

    Degree program website (German)

    Teaching degree programs

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    fold faq Teaching degree programs

    The KU’s teaching degree program model Lehramtplus enables students to obtain the standard Staatsexamen degree as well as a Bachelor’s degree and, at a later stage, a Master’s degree.

    We offer:

    • foundation study for careers in school teaching and other areas during the first few semesters
    • for students who want to become teachers: a combination of academic study and practical teaching experience in our teaching programs leading to a Staatsexamen degree
    • for students who decide to pursue careers in other areas: academic study and preparation for various careers in our Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs
    • for students who want to keep their options open: programs with a standard length of 10 semesters leading to a Staatsexamen, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree with the opportunity to progress to doctoral studies

    The unique feature of the Lehramtplus model is that it prepares students for careers in a range of areas. This is a particular advantage in times when job opportunities for young teachers are limited.

    The model enables students to obtain a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in addition to the standard teaching degree, qualifying them for careers outside of teaching. This is also an advantage for students who intend to enter the teaching profession, as it gives them a unique profile.

    The flexibility of the Lehramtplus model allows students to acquire knowledge and skills that are in demand on the job market and, as students are also able to obtain a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, also opens up a range of possibilities for an academic or an international career.

     

    Information on programs run by the Center for Teacher Education and Education Research (German)