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Bachlor's Degree Programs at the Faculty of Languages and Literatures

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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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

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)

Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Program

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fold faq Interdisciplinary Bachelor’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 degree program,
  • the degree program Aithesis. 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)

Variants of the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Program

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fold faq Flexible Bachelor's Degree Program

Flexible Bachelor's degree program website (German)

Category: Variant BA
fold faq Bachelor's Degree Program Aithesis. Culture and Media

Website of the Bachelor's degree program Aisthesis. Culture and Media (German)

Category: Variant BA
fold faq Teaching Degree Program LehramtPlus

The teaching degree program LehramtPlus can only be chosen in combination with an enrollment in a teacher training course.

Category: Variant BA

Participating Subjects of the Faculty (Flexible Bachelor's Degree Program)

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fold faq English and American Studies

English and American studies at the KU includes

    • English linguistics,
    • English and American literature from its beginnings to the present day,
    • the methodology of teaching the English language and English literature,
    • the main historical, cultural, social, and economic aspects of the United Kingdom, the USA, and other English-speaking countries,
    • spoken and written use of the English language.

    Further information about English and American studies can be found here.

    fold faq German Studies

    German studies is the study of the German language and German literature. The various sub-areas have become disciplines in their own right in today’s research and teaching. The study of modern German literature covers the period from the Reformation to the present day, while the study of early German literature (also known as Medieval studies) focuses on German texts from the Middle Ages from the eighth century to the early modern period. 

    Students gain knowledge of the history of literature and learn how to work independently with literary texts, and also study elements of literary theory, cultural studies and media studies.

    German linguistics looks at the development of the German language from its beginnings to the present day, as well as the current form of the German language and the usage of different varieties.

    Further information about German studies can be found here.

    fold faq Classical Archaeology

    Classical archaeology deals with the artifacts left behind by cultures in the Mediterranean region between around 900 and 400 BC. The area that is studied and researched in this discipline extends from Spain to Italy, Greece, and Turkey, and also includes North African countries and the historic region of Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. Late Ancient Egypt from the time of Alexander the Great is also included.

    Students develop an eye for detail and learn how to evaluate the historical development of different types of art and materials such as decorative and everyday crockery, wall paintings, and sculpture. They also study aspects of architecture and city layouts, as well as many different forms of architectural sculpture, i.e. the decorations used in temples. Students are also able to apply the knowledge that they gain in these areas to understand newer forms of art, as almost all trends since the Renaissance have been influenced by Greek and Roman art, with artists creating a new synthesis of antique styles and their own visions each time. The understanding of past ages provided by the study of classical archaeology also enables the modern world to be better understood.

    Further information about Classical archaeology can be found here.

    fold faq Art History and Visual Culture

    Art history is the study of the history of visual media and art. Content includes not only cathedrals, Michelangelo, and impressionism, but also the history of photography and film. Accordingly, in addition to traditional areas such as museum work, adult education, university teaching, and historic preservation, graduates may pursue careers in a broad range of other fields. Cultural associations and publishers, cultural and local authorities, and galleries and media workshops all need specialists in the history of visual arts and media.

    Further information about art history and visual culture can be found here.

    fold faq Latin Studies

    Students of classical philology at the KU study

    • Ancient Greek and Roman literature,
    • Latin linguistics,
    • the key historical, cultural, and social aspects of Ancient Greece and Rome,
    • the history of classical tradition in European cultures.

    Further information about Latin studies can be found here.

    fold faq Romance Studies

    Are you passionate about French, Italian, or Spanish? Do you read a lot and enjoy reading? Are you interested in the literature, culture, and history of the countries where these languages are spoken and do you want to expand your knowledge of these areas? Would you like to discover how these languages function in oral and written communication, how their structure works, and how they have changed over the course of history? Can you imagine yourself teaching this knowledge to others in schools? Romance studies at the KU is aimed at students who can answer yes to these questions and want to learn how to study these areas using academic methods.

    In Romance literary studies, you will become familiar with the literature from the relevant countries from the Middle Ages to the present day. You will discover how to read even texts that seem inaccessible at first, as well as how to read seemingly simple texts from a new perspective. For many people, reading is purely a leisure activity. However, in Romance literary studies you will discover that enjoyment can also be found in analyzing and interpreting literary works in order to gain new knowledge and to identify and understand new connections. To do this you will draw on methods from a range of other disciplines such as history, art and cultural studies, philosophy, and, in particular, linguistics. Romance literature is one of the oldest, most thriving, and most diverse bodies of literature in Europe. 

    The study of Romance linguistics focuses on analysis of the phonological structure, grammar, and lexicon of historical and contemporary varieties of Romance languages. Beyond the descriptive level, linguistics covers questions such as: What is the difference between a dialect and a language? Why and how do languages change? How does language acquisition work? Studying Romance linguistics allows you to compare various national, cultural, and world languages. In addition, it provides a rare opportunity to trace them back to a shared parent language (Latin) whose structure is known as its written culture was preserved – a considerable advantage when it comes to creating a detailed reconstruction of how the Romance languages developed.

    Further information about Romance studies can be found here.

    fold faq Theatre Education/Performing Arts (minor subject)

    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.

    Further information about Theater Education/Performing Arts can be found here (German).

    fold faq all participating subjects at the KU

    An overview of all participating subjects in the flexible Bachelor's degree program can be found here (German).

    Participating Subjects of the Faculty (Bachelor's Degree Program Aisthesis. Culture and Media)

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    fold faq English and American Studies

    English and American studies at the KU includes

      • English linguistics,
      • English and American literature from its beginnings to the present day,
      • the methodology of teaching the English language and English literature,
      • the main historical, cultural, social, and economic aspects of the United Kingdom, the USA, and other English-speaking countries,
      • spoken and written use of the English language.

      Further information about English and American studies can be found here.

      fold faq German Studies

      German studies is the study of the German language and German literature. The various sub-areas have become disciplines in their own right in today’s research and teaching. The study of modern German literature covers the period from the Reformation to the present day, while the study of early German literature (also known as Medieval studies) focuses on German texts from the Middle Ages from the eighth century to the early modern period. 

      Students gain knowledge of the history of literature and learn how to work independently with literary texts, and also study elements of literary theory, cultural studies and media studies.

      German linguistics looks at the development of the German language from its beginnings to the present day, as well as the current form of the German language and the usage of different varieties.

      Further information about German studies can be found here.

      fold faq Classical Archaeology

      Classical archaeology deals with the artifacts left behind by cultures in the Mediterranean region between around 900 and 400 BC. The area that is studied and researched in this discipline extends from Spain to Italy, Greece, and Turkey, and also includes North African countries and the historic region of Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. Late Ancient Egypt from the time of Alexander the Great is also included.

      Students develop an eye for detail and learn how to evaluate the historical development of different types of art and materials such as decorative and everyday crockery, wall paintings, and sculpture. They also study aspects of architecture and city layouts, as well as many different forms of architectural sculpture, i.e. the decorations used in temples. Students are also able to apply the knowledge that they gain in these areas to understand newer forms of art, as almost all trends since the Renaissance have been influenced by Greek and Roman art, with artists creating a new synthesis of antique styles and their own visions each time. The understanding of past ages provided by the study of classical archaeology also enables the modern world to be better understood.

      Further information about Classical archaeology can be found here.

      fold faq Art History and Visual Art

      Art history is the study of the history of visual media and art. Content includes not only cathedrals, Michelangelo, and impressionism, but also the history of photography and film. Accordingly, in addition to traditional areas such as museum work, adult education, university teaching, and historic preservation, graduates may pursue careers in a broad range of other fields. Cultural associations and publishers, cultural and local authorities, and galleries and media workshops all need specialists in the history of visual arts and media.

      Further information about art history and visual culture can be found here.

      fold faq Latin Studies

      Students of classical philology at the KU study

      • Ancient Greek and Roman literature,
      • Latin linguistics,
      • the key historical, cultural, and social aspects of Ancient Greece and Rome,
      • the history of classical tradition in European cultures.

      Further information about Latin studies can be found here.

      fold faq Romance Studies

      Are you passionate about French, Italian, or Spanish? Do you read a lot and enjoy reading? Are you interested in the literature, culture, and history of the countries where these languages are spoken and do you want to expand your knowledge of these areas? Would you like to discover how these languages function in oral and written communication, how their structure works, and how they have changed over the course of history? Can you imagine yourself teaching this knowledge to others in schools? Romance studies at the KU is aimed at students who can answer yes to these questions and want to learn how to study these areas using academic methods.

      In Romance literary studies, you will become familiar with the literature from the relevant countries from the Middle Ages to the present day. You will discover how to read even texts that seem inaccessible at first, as well as how to read seemingly simple texts from a new perspective. For many people, reading is purely a leisure activity. However, in Romance literary studies you will discover that enjoyment can also be found in analyzing and interpreting literary works in order to gain new knowledge and to identify and understand new connections. To do this you will draw on methods from a range of other disciplines such as history, art and cultural studies, philosophy, and, in particular, linguistics. Romance literature is one of the oldest, most thriving, and most diverse bodies of literature in Europe. 

      The study of Romance linguistics focuses on analysis of the phonological structure, grammar, and lexicon of historical and contemporary varieties of Romance languages. Beyond the descriptive level, linguistics covers questions such as: What is the difference between a dialect and a language? Why and how do languages change? How does language acquisition work? Studying Romance linguistics allows you to compare various national, cultural, and world languages. In addition, it provides a rare opportunity to trace them back to a shared parent language (Latin) whose structure is known as its written culture was preserved – a considerable advantage when it comes to creating a detailed reconstruction of how the Romance languages developed.

      Further information about Romance studies can be found here.

      fold faq all participating subjects at the KU

      An overview of all participating subjects in the flexible Bachelor's degree program can be found here (German).