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Minor in English and American Studies

Learning Objectives

Language skills complement every field of study. If you are enrolled in another faculty or department, consider a minor in English and American Studies. 

This minor provides graduates with the essentials of a liberal arts education, including critical knowledge in the fields of English language, literature and culture. In addition to communication skills and near-native competence in spoken and written English, this program exposes students to fundamental topics in linguistics (e.g. syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, phonetics, EFL teaching, first and second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics) and British and North American literature, including its historical and cultural background. Moreover, students will gain analytical skills as well as research skills, and become familiar with linguistic and/or literary and cultural developments related to the English-speaking world. Depending on their specialization, students will deepen their knowledge of either linguistics or literature after the fourth semester.

Beginning and Length of the Program

The minor in English and American Studies is designed as a three-year course of study to be taken in conjunction with a major in another subject. Students may begin in either the winter or summer semester. More information on the application process and deadline can be found here.


A minor in English and American Studies includes the following modules:

  • Foundations of Linguistics
  • Foundations of Literary Studies
  • Advanced Linguistics
  • Advanced Literary Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Foundations of Grammar
  • Basic Language Practice


Program Sequence

The official program sequence (Studienverlaufsplan) can be found here (PDF in German only).

Program Regulations

View the program requirements and regulations (Prüfungsordnung) (PDF in German only).

ECTS Credits

Credit points in this program are allocated based on the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). ECTS was introduced Europe-wide in order to offer compatibility and mobility between academic programs at different institutes of higher education across the continent.

In total, 39 or 40 ECTS credits (depending on modules selected) must be accumulated for the successful completion of a minor in English and American Studies.

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