English: Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures (Bachelor)

The subject "English: Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures" is offered both as a main (major) and as a subsidiary (minor) subject in the dual-subject Bachelor's degree programmes offered by Saarland University. Studying English as an only subject is not possible.

The programme has been designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to communicate effectively in the global language of English and to be sensitive to the cultural diversity of the world’s English-speaking cultures with their estimated 1.5 billion speakers.
The programme aims to encourage the highest levels of proficiency in spoken and written English, to provide a basic understanding of modern linguistics and a comprehensive appreciation of the text types found in the target cultures (literature, academic texts, everyday communications, etc.), as well as teaching students about research fields of current interest and instructing them in the effective use of electronic tools and media.
After completing the B.A. programme, students will be in a position to appreciate intercultural and transcultural relationships and will therefore be qualified for a broad range of professional activities including international business and commerce, media, private and public institutions with an intercultural focus, publishing, education and other areas.


The subject can be divided into the following four areas: literature studies, culture studies, linguistics and language proficiency. Students will begin to acquire academic credits through assessments of their work from the first semester on. When taken as the main subject, which includes completion of a two-month, final-year Bachelor project, student workload is about one third more than that required when the subject is taken as a subsidiary subject.


Courses are held in English. Students joining the programme should already have a high level of proficiency in English (level B2 of the Common European Framework). Students will also be required to spend six months (main subject) or three months (subsidiary) in an English-speaking country.

Students taking "English: Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures" as their main subject can combine it with all subsidiary subjects or with elective courses within dual-subject Bachelor programmes at Saarland University. It can also be chosen as the subsidiary subject for all main subjects.