Faculty of Humanities
Bachelor (major subject)
Regular duration of studies
Is a combination subject required?
The pre-requisites for studying English and American Studies are:
• a good command of spoken and written English
• a good command of one other language
• an interest in language, literature, and culture
Further details and a self-evaluation questionnaire can be found on our website
This 3-year B. A. program will enable students to achieve excellence in academic English, linguistic analysis, cultural studies, as well as the interpretation and evaluation of literary texts.
We pride ourselves on offering our students a wide variety of courses and programs ranging from Beowulf (the only complete Germanic epic) and Shakespeare to contemporary American and British novels, photography and film.
The program, which commences every winter semester, may be studied as a major or minor subject. It consists of four core aspects:
• Academic English
• Cultural Studies
• Literary Studies
In the course of their studies, students will earn ECTS credit points: a major requires 99 points, a minor 60. An additional 21 points are obtained in the field of professional skills (Schlüsselqualifikationen), which prepare students for their future professions in academia, journalism and publishing, public relations, etc. The Career Service offers further advice.
In their first and second years, students will take one basic and one advanced module in each of the areas above. Students with English and American Studies as their minor will complete the program at the end of the advanced modules. In their third year, students majoring in English and American Studies will attend four focus modules and an additional lecture. Furthermore, students will submit their B.A. thesis before completion of the program.
All students of English and American Studies are strongly recommended to spend a period of time in an English-speaking country. This is an invaluable opportunity for students to improve their language skills and to immerse themselves in a different culture and academic environment. We offer our students the opportunity to partake in established exchange programs with universities in the United Kingdom, North America, Ireland, India, and Australia.
The Module Handbook provides a detailed description of the program. Please consult the latest version available at the website of the Prüfungsamt.
Optional time abroad
You may choose to spend some time abroad as part of any study program. You should start planning it 12 to 18 months before your departure.
Here you will find general information and advice on studying abroad. In addition, some departments have their own subject-specific services providing information on studying abroad.
Help with choosing a study program
Help with your decision to study in Tübingen:
To help you decide whether Tübingen is right for you, here are some contact points and information on studying in Germany:
University of Tübingen
- University of Tübingen’s international profile
- Contact: University office for the Advising and Admission of International Students
- Information on application for international students
- FAQs for international students
- Addresses and contact points for international students at the University of Tübingen
Students in English & American Studies develop the skills – critical thinking and analysis, research design and synthesis, academic writing and presentation – that will prepare them for a variety of careers in academic research and teaching, publishing, journalism, new media, cultural management, public administration, international organizations, consulting, and marketing and sales.
Advice and internships
The University’s Career Service assists with careers orientation and getting started in your profession. Jobs and internships can be found in the Praxisportal.
Graduates of the B.A. program with a good final grade will have the option of pursuing one of the following M.A. programs: American Studies, English Linguistics, English Literatures and Cultures. Subsequently, students with a good M.A. grade may study for a PhD.