General and Comparative Literature

... looks into questions such as ...

  • What is world literature
  • Why are dramas of the ancient Greece still relevant?
  • How does literature relate to other media?
  • Why and how do literary works get translated?
  • How do literary themes evolve?
  • My advice to future students: you should do a lot of reading, and don't be afraid of French and English!

    Imke Kuhn, Bachelor's degree read more ...

  • The lecturers are very open, and you have the chance of actively contributing to the way the seminars are conducted.

    Elena Schick, Master's degree read more ...

Degree programmes


General and Comparative Literature, Bachelor 2 subject


Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 6 semesters
Classroom language: German

2-Subject Bachelor Programme: This degree programme requires a second subject.
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Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

 it deals with the correlation between world literature and a multitude of cultural phenomena.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • cultural understanding
  • literatures of the world
  • interaction with language and literature
  • written and oral communication competencies

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • a considerable interest in literature
  • the wish to leave old reading habits behind
  • good language skills in at least three foreign languages


  • studying different languages
  • oral and written discourse of literature and culture
  • reading more than ever before

struggles through:

  • huge piles of books
  • prejudices against literatures they've been hitherto unfamiliar with
  • the feeling of not knowing enough
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in the media
  • in the publishing industry
  • in the advertising industry
  • in the PR industry
  • in archives and libraries

And else?

An internship ...

is optional. It is done as part of the optional module.

Studying abroad ...

is recommended.
Duration: 1-2 semesters

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Prof. Dr. Peter Goßens
Building, Room: GB 3/58
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-28680
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Komparatistik
Building, Room: GB 03/50
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-25191
Website Fachschaft