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?

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

struggle 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