Comparative Literature (Bachelor)

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 670

Duration and scope: 6 semesters / 180 ECTS (including 60 ECTS of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination

The bachelor’s programme in Comparative Literature focuses on literary phenomena on a supranational level. It equips students with extensive knowledge of cultural history and the ability to analyse literary texts and relate them to other literary texts, art products and media. Students learn how to carry out research independently and acquire language skills in a second modern foreign language other than English.

» You can find further information on the BA programme below and on the website of Teaching Affairs and Student Services




Latin is prescribed as an additional qualification. If you have had ten hours of Latin at school per week, you will be considered to have passed the examination, otherwise you will have to take an additional examination during your studies – but please note: the Latin supplementary examination must not be the last registered grade of your studies!

 Curriculum / Study plan

Link to the complete curriculum / study plan.

Structure of the Bachelor's Programme in Comparative Literature (abridged version):
Module / Study plan pointECTS

Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) (15 ECTS):
Module 1a: Introduction to the Subject (module examination)
Module 1b: Academic Literature Techniques


Module 2 Other Basic Academic Literary Skills (5 ECTS):
M2 – UE Literary Research II

Module 3 Literary Theory (10 ECTS):
M3 – Lecture (VO)
M3 – Proseminar (PS)


Modul 4 Literary Transfer (15 ECTS):
M4 – PS 1
M4 – PS 2
M4 – VO

Modul 5 Social History of Literature (15 ECTS):
M5 – PS1
M5 – PS2
M5 – VO

Modul 6 English for Students of Literature (15 ECTS):
M6 – course 1
M6 – course 2
M6 – course 3

Modul 7 Second Foreign Language (15 ECTS):
All 15 ECTS must be taken in the same foreign language and in courses with examination-immanent character (e.g. seminars (PS, SE), conversatories (KO), exercises (UE) but NOT lectures (VO))
M7 – course 1
M7 – course 2
M7 – course 3

Elective modules group 8/9/10 (a 15 ECTS elective module must be selected):
Module 8 Comparative Literary History
Module 9 Knowledge of World Literature
Module 10 Applied Literature Studies
– VO Literature and Media (5 ECTS)
– UE Public Relations (5 ECTS) (alternatively: internship)
– VO Publishing (5 ECTS)

Module 11 Bachelor's Theses (15 ECTS):

Total Modules 1–11120
+ Extension Curricula from other fields of study60


When registering for a course, please make sure you know for which study plan point you need the examination!


The examination pass can be submitted as soon as all planned courses appear in the collective certificate (Sammelzeugnis) on u:space and have been assessed positively. Please submit the following documents (in person or by post) to the StudienServiceStelle (SSS):

  • completed examination passport (available in the SSS or here; please read the completion guide!)
  • current collective certificate (Sammelzeugnis) (can be downloaded on u:space)
  • where examinations have been recognised: certificates of recognition (original)
  • where courses have been completed during Erasmus stays: Erasmus notifications
  • Form "Application for the issuance of the final certificate" – please sign, but leave the date blank

Please check beforehand on your collective certificate whether all examinations appear in the correct study plan point and whether the ECs have also been successfully completed.

Please note that the date of the last examination required for the BA programme is also the completion date. According to § 68 (1) UG 2002, admission to a study programme expires on the date of graduation. If there is no valid admission to a further course of study, it is not permissible to take examinations or attend examination-immanent courses after this date. (The application for the final documents remains unaffected and can, of course, only be made after the completion of studies).

The final documents will be picked up at the StudySerivceCenter (SSC) approx. 4 weeks after submission (notification will be sent by e-mail to your u:account address). If you wish to follow a Master's programme in the same subject, you can take advantage of the possibility of a daily admission. This must be applied for when applying for admission to the Master's programme.