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

Master’s Degree Programs

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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

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

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 Master’s Degree Program

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fold faq Interdisciplinary 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 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 Master’s Degree Program

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fold faq Flexible Master's Degree Program

Flexible Master's degree program website (German)

Category: Variant MA
fold faq Master's Degree Program Aithesis. Culture and Media

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

Category: Variant MA
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 MA

Participating Subjects of the Faculty (Flexible Master'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 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 as a Second Language

    Students may study German as a second language as part of the flexible interdisciplinary Master’s degree program. 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.

    Further information about German as a second language 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 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 all participating subjects at the KU

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

    Participating Subjects of the Faculty (Master'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 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 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 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 all participating subjects at the KU

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