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BAEnglish and German

University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
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Combining English literature with German enables you to study two closely-related European cultures, linked not only by a common linguistic ancestry but by literary and philosophical connections. This combination, which offers you a wide variety of options in both subjects, will develop your powers of analysis, your theoretical sophistication, and your understanding of the ways in which different languages reflect different cultures.

On the English side of your course, you will cover a broad timespan of English literature, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, with an emphasis on the relationship of literature to its historical and cultural context; we also offer a range of options in film and creative writing. On the German side, you will complement your language learning with modules on history and contemporary society, literature and film, or linguistic studies. This combined course will also develop your writing and communication skills, improve your organisation and time-management abilities, and offer you the opportunity to conduct primary research using a range of methods.

Programme structure

This combined degree provides a broader understanding of the literature and critical theory aspects of your English studies, while emphasising linguistic training and the study of contemporary culture in German. As a language student you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in a unique system of seven language levels. This is designed to place you at the stage most appropriate to develop your spoken and written skills, enabling you to make rapid progress in your chosen language. In all years of study you will benefit from a wide range of resources. You will use the excellent facilities in the Centre for Language Study and in German Resources Room, including extensive multimedia facilities and online/streaming resources.

In year 1,students normally take a 50/50 balance of core modules in both subjects. However, you may take up to 15 credits per semester in the form of an alternative subject from elsewhere.
In your second and final year, you will have a choice of modules from both subjects, with the option of taking up to 25% of your programme in an alternative subject. A special module in year two will prepare you for your year abroad and for the academic work you will complete during this year.
The third year is spent in a German-speaking country which offers you a unique opportunity to enhance your linguistic and cultural proficiency. You can spend your year abroad as an English language assistant in a school, studying at one of our partner universities or on a work placement. Most students of German go to Germany, a smaller number go to Austria, and some have also chosen to spend a year in Switzerland. Current German-speaking ERASMUS partners are the Universities of Potsdam, Hamburg, Freiburg, Bayreuth, Frankfurt, Marburg, Tübingen, Siegen, Cologne and Vienna. While abroad you will also conduct an investigative project, supervised by a tutor at Southampton.
The final year also leaves you with a large range of options in both subjects, taking into full account that you may wish to specialise in an area that most suits your interests and combines well with what you have studied so far. This includes the option to complete a dissertation in either subject.

Career opportunities

Studying English and German at Southampton will help you acquire high-level critical thinking and communication skills that are essential to navigate your career. Our English and German graduates have progressed to high-flying careers in fashion, journalism, financial services, management and administration, teaching, travel and tourism, creative writing, and many other areas.

You will be developing and practising the skills required for a successful career from day one of the course. Over three years you will learn to

• write in different ways and for different formats
• communicate with fluency in another language
• argue your case
• make interesting and confident presentations
• work effectively both on your own and in groups
• identify and research areas that you think are important

These are all skills that are valued not just by us but by employers. As a student rep you might also take an active role in the governance of the department, of a student society, or of the Students’ Union. English and German also offers some opportunities for direct work experience.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States