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Linguistics Bachelor of Arts (Integrative study programme)



Admission requirement is the general or relevant Abitur (high school graduation).


The single-stage, integrative Bachelor's programme in Linguistics is 6 semesters long and is characterised by the fact that it combines the classical fields of linguistics with a foreign language and one of the following four areas of specialisation: foreign languages, fundamentals (philosophy), psycholinguistics or computer linguistics.

Each of the above variants combines a broad education in linguistics (about half of the study volume) including linguistic specialization with different emphases. The general linguistic component results in a broad coverage of all core linguistic disciplines (phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, semantics and pragmatics) and the possibility of specialization in an interdisciplinary field of linguistics such as historical linguistics, psycho- and neurolinguistics, computational linguistics and linguistic diversity. At present, very few linguistic departments in Germany do this.

Graduates of the Bachelor's programme in Linguistics have a well-founded awareness of the complexity of linguistic phenomena; they are able to independently familiarise themselves with questions or applications and carry out research on problems.


A course of studies that integrates several sub-subjects:

In this course you will receive a scientifically all-round education on the subject of "language"; (general) and "languages"; (similarities and differences). The course includes a substantial improvement in your foreign language skills - in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, German as a foreign language, Hebrew, Yiddish, Latin or Ancient Greek - and offers the possibility of different specialisations/orientations in the field of language learning:

- Languages (2 foreign languages)

- Basics (philosophy and 1 foreign language)

- Psycholinguistics (psycho- and neurolinguistics and 1 foreign language)

- Computational linguistics (machine language processing and 1 foreign language)


1st academic year:

Introduction to the subject linguistics and the three most important core areas (lute level = phonetics & phonology, grammar level = morphology & syntax, meaning level = semantics & pragmatics); language courses, basics of philosophy and computer science.

2nd and 3rd academic year:

Advanced language courses, deepening training in the core areas and familiarisation with a special field:

- Linguistic diversity and variation Sociolinguistics, language policy, language types and varieties

- Historical Linguistics Language change and development

- Psycho- and Neurolinguistics Language and brain, language acquisition, speech disorders

- Computational linguistics, e. g. machine translation, speech synthesis and speech recognition, etc.

- Linguistics of English, French, Italian or Spanish (in planning)

In the variant focusing on computational linguistics, there is a reduced specialisation in the core areas in favour of a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of language processing with the computer.


Further information on the courses of study can be found on the homepage of the General Linguistics Department:



Winter semester
6 semesters
Open admission
15/01/2021 - 15/02/2021
Relevante Dokumente:

Examination regulations

Module guide

Both available in German only.

Kontakt Studiengang:

Prof. Dr. Dr. Peter Indefrey

Tim Marton

Kontakt SSC:

For questions on subject combinations, application, admission and enrolment and general advice for prospective and current students:

Student Services Center (SSC)

Build. 21.02 / SSC

Phone +49 211 81‐12345

Studierenden Service Center (SSC)

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