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, Master 2 subject


Degree: Master of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: German

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
  • specific issues pertaining to comparative language studies in combination with a second degree programme

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • a considerable interest in literature
  • basic understanding of comparative research
  • good language skills in at least three foreign languages
  • good spelling skills
  • experience in oral and written communication


  • studying different languages
  • conducting academic oral and written discourses of literature and culture
  • broadening his understanding of the comparative approach

struggles through:

  • even larger piles of books
  • further differentiation of academic requirements
  • the feeling of still not knowing enough
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • General and Comparative Literature, B.A.
  • Bachelor of Arts in other philologies (verification of credits and performance being reserved)
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in the PR industry
  • in the media
  • in the publishing industry
  • in the advertising industry
  • in archives and libraries

And else?

An internship ...

is optional.

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