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, Master 1 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 word 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

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,

... have:

  • 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

... enjoy:

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

... struggle 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