English Literatures and Cultures


All the relevant information about studying English in our department.
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*Introductory Information for Freshmen, Winter Semester 2020/21: Online Format*

The introductory events for freshmen in the winter semester 2020/21 will take place online on the following dates:

for B.A.: Tuesday, 27 October, 10.00 AM 

for Teachers' Degrees: Wednesday, 25 November, 14.00 PM 

für M.A.: Wednesday 28 October, 10.00 AM 

The corresponding links and access codes will be made available beforehand on this website.


Our course offerings stretch from the Early Modern period to the present. In this regard, we do not restrict our investigations to the literature and culture of Great Britain. Rather, we widen our focus to include texts – including literary, filmic, and texts drawn from a variety of media – from Ireland, Australia, Africa, India, and other English speaking countries.

Our courses offer students insight into the development of literatures in English, originating from a variety of cultural, social, political, and historical contexts. Aside from an enriched knowledge of literary history and theory, you will acquire the ability to distinguish between, and competently analyse and discuss, various literary genres, employing interpretive approaches and theories of socio-political relevance today. In our introduction courses, students gain an overview of the historical developments and highlights in English literatures, and likewise become familiar with the methods and means to successful close reading. In addition, our curriculum offers students the opportunity to link their course work with ongoing research projects in our department, like those devoted to Shakespearian drama, Australian Studies, and Cognitive Literary Studies. As a result, students deeply engage with the most up-to-date research trends in our field, combined with and tailored to their own individualised interests.

Our Degrees

English (Anglistik)

Bachelor of Arts (more information)

Master of Arts (more information)

The Department of English Literatures and Cultures offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literary and cultural studies, as well as a Master of Arts degree. The programs involve study in both literary studies and linguistics. In literary studies, the focus is not only on canonical authors, like William Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf and George Orwell, but also on Postcolonial literatures, as well as contemporary Cultural Studies. An integral part of our program includes providing students with an overview of literary and cultural theory, as well as introducing various methodologies and approaches to studying literature.

In the Master of Arts degree in English, students are also able to specialise in particular areas or epochs of English literatures, to focus on aspects like interculturality and/or intermediality in literary and cultural texts.

English (Lehramt)

Bachelor of Arts (more information)

Master of Education (more information)

Aside from a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literary and cultural studies and a Master of Arts degree, the Department of English Literatures and Cultures offers a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education for students aspiring to become teachers. In this context, we provide a wide variety of possible subject combinations, dovetailing with a second subject or major in the humanities and natural sciences. A vital component of this degree program is our specialised courses devoted to the practical, hands-on concerns of pedagogical and educational theory.

Study Programme Manager Anglistics/English

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Thomas Wägenbaur

Study Programme Manager Anglistics/English

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