The Master program Comparative Literature offers a two-year interdisciplinary, research-oriented course of study organized by the Department of Comparative Literature in cooperation with the Department of German Studies, the Department of English and American Studies, the Department of Romance Studies, and the Department of Drama, Film and Media Studies.
The consecutive program focuses on developing theoretical and methodical competence with respect to the study of literature, literary criticism, and cultural literary history. Special emphasis is given to the investigation of comparative and interdisciplinary literary studies. The program provides students with the skill to contextualize literary transfers within the entire cultural spectrum, including the relationship of literature to other arts and media. It provides general disciplinary expertise as well as specialized proficiencies concerning critical intra- and interdisciplinary textual analysis.
The program comprises two sections, the General Studies Section and the Comparative Studies Section. The obligatory General Studies Section concentrates on basic elements of philology, highlighting areas such as literary theory, poetics, aesthetics, and hermeneutics.
The Comparative Studies Section focuses on the study of literature across the boundaries of different languages, different media, and different cultural and poetical traditions. Within the Comparative Studies Section students are required to specialize in one of the following areas:
- Comparative Literature Studies (AVL)
- Comparative Media Studies (AVM)
- Comparative Theater Studies (AVT)
- Anglophone Literature (ANG)
- Francophone Literature (FRA)
- German Literature (GER)
Within the additional Optional Studies Section students are required to choose one of three areas: foreign language proficiency; studies in related disciplines such as philosophy or art history; projects in theater or media studies.
The Master program in Comparative Literature prepares students for numerous PhD-programs in the humanities; it also provides qualifications for a wide range of professions within the culture and media sector.
- Bachelor’s degree or comparable degree in a similar subject, like f.ex. literature, American Studies, English Studies, German Philology, Romance Philology or Theater-, Film- and Media Studies
- if you didn't study your Bachelor's degree at the Goethe-University:
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- an extra page with the study-related courses (a title of the course, CP and if possible the grade) Study related courses are courses in literary theory, aesthetics, poetics and comparative analytics of literature.
- Proof of English (normally niveau C1 but least B2) and French (at least B2) or Latin (qualification in Latin) language skills
- Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.
Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current transcript of records; at least 80% of the credit points in the B.A. must have been obtained; the Bachelor’s thesis must be finished or almost finished. Provisional admission is valid for 6 months.
Mode of admission
Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.
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