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Romance Languages and Literatures
Bachelor of Arts (Minor subject)

Short description

Short description

The Romance Studies Bachelor of Arts at Heinrich Heine University is designed as part of a joint programme. On joint programmes, students must always take a core subject and an extra subject. All core subjects and extra subjects can be combined (generally not with themselves – Romance Studies is an exception).

A core subject programme comprises a total of 180 CPs (credit points). Credit points are used to “measure” the work involved. Based on the core subject model, the core subject counts for 108 CPs, the extra subject counts for 54 CPs and the general elective counts for 18 CPs.

Further information on Romance Studies.

Winter semester 2016/17 saw the start of the new binational bachelor’s programme Deutsch-französische Studien: Romanistik / Germanistik - Etudes franco-allemandes: Lettres modernes / Allemand” (Franco-German studies: Romance Studies / German Studies) between Heinrich Heine University and Jean Jaurès University Toulouse.

Combination options

For this study programme you need a major subject

Art History
English and American Studies
German Languages and Literatures
Historical Studies
Japanese Studies
Jewish Studies
Romance Languages and Literatures

Entry/Admission requirements

The admission requirement for the B.A. in Romance Studies (core subject and extra subject) is the general or relevant specific ‘Hochschulreife’ secondary school certificate.

Language skills at B1 level are required; these will be tested using an entrance test.

Programme content

To build bridges with language, students need in-depth language training.
The knowledge we teach students on the Romance Studies programme in Düsseldorf are extremely current: 510 million people around the world speak French, Italian or Spanish. On the B.A. in Romance Studies, students deepen their knowledge of one of the Romance languages and cultures on offer (Spanish, French, Italian).

Understanding and creating texts –
Students acquire in-depth specialist knowledge in literature and linguistics beyond the scope of foreign-language skills. They learn to work with different text types – from traditional literary genres to the fields of journalism, film, advertising and new media.

Tapping into media worlds –
Successful communication also presupposes a knowledge of imagery and media. Our Romance Studies programmes give students the necessary intercultural media competence for this purpose.

Encountering other cultures –
We place special emphasis on teaching a knowledge of foreign cultures, languages, texts and media. In Düsseldorf or at our partner universities in Nantes, Naples and Alicante, students lay the foundations for their professional careers.

It is possible to combine two Romance languages: core subject (e.g. Spanish) with an extra subject (e.g. French). An additional Romance language can also be selected ab initio as the core subject.

A comprehensive scholarship offering for over 20 European and Spanish-American universities makes it possible for students to spend a period studying abroad.

The advantage of studying at the Faculty of Art and Humanities at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf is that the extensive elective offerings mean that students receive individualised support at all levels and in all study phases.

Programme structure

B.A. Romance Studies as a core subject
Students can complete the bachelor’s programme in Düsseldorf with one Romance language as a core subject or an extra subject. They can choose between French, Italian or Spanish. Admission to the programme is not restricted. Students must have attained level B1 in the chosen Romance language. An assessment is used to verify whether students have already reached this level or whether additional languages courses are recommended.
The programme is 6 semesters in duration and comprises the four areas listed below. It concludes with the bachelor’s dissertation in linguistics or literature. In Düsseldorf, students can also add an additional dimension to the programme, e.g. media and arts.
Area 1: Language practice
Acquiring basic and advanced skills in an oral and written command of the target language, e.g. through translations.Obtaining basic knowledge of a second Romance language.
Area 2: Linguistics
Introduction to the history of the language, in theory and applied areas of Romance linguistics, specialisation in lectures and advanced tutorials.
Area 3: Literature
Introduction to the history of Romance literature, in text analysis and literature theory, in-depth specialisation in lectures and advanced tutorials.
Area 4: Optional modules (only in the core subject)
Students can choose between the following topics:

  • Language practice in an additional Romance language
  • Media communication
  • Transcultural studies
  • Applied linguistics
  • Translation

Interdisciplinary programme offerings
A key feature of Romance Studies in Düsseldorf is the interdisciplinary gearing. Students thus have the opportunity to avail of the teaching offerings on the following programmes within the framework of the existing cooperations with other subjects:

  • Linguistics (integrative BA)
  • Transculturality: Media, language, texts in a globalised world

Programme objectives/Career prospects

The Romance programmes prepare students for the following career paths:

  • Multilingual information, knowledge and cultural management
  • New media (media and communication technologies)
  • Careers in publishing and public relations, in radio and TV
  • Careers in European and international organisations, companies and educational institutions
  • International project management
  • Foreign-language text creation and international PR work
  • Country and culture-specific training in companies, activities in the new “language industries” (e.g. supporting sections of portals, developing digital lexicons, creating learning software)
  • Foreign-language teachers in schools, in education management or in adult education
Programme start:
Winter semester
Programme duration:
6 semesters
Language of instruction:
German + foreign language
Application procedure:
Open admission
Closing date for enrolment:
01/08/2021 - 01/10/2021
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2021 - 15/08/2021
Relevant documents:

Examination regulations

Module guide

Both available in German only.

Study programme contact:

Dr. Friedhelm Beckmann
Phone: +49 211 81-14375

Dr. Martina Nicklaus
Phone: +49 211 81-14377

Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345


For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
Contact Examination Administration

Student Services Center (SSC)

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