World language English. Hollywood or Hemingway, but in the original. Literature and culture of the English-speaking countries. Great Britain and the USA, but also Canada and Australia, South Africa and Jamaica. The whole thing with excellent professionals together with students from 35 countries. The English seminar at the University of Freiburg combines a long tradition with national and international prestige. Whether in literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies, or language training, the English seminar lives up to its high-quality standards and impresses with an extraordinary variety of teaching and research offers.
The core area of the English and American Studies course is the study of the language as well as the literature and cultures of English-speaking countries from the beginning to the present. The global presence of English and the (historical) geopolitical influence of Great Britain and the USA also lead to overarching questions, such as the role of English and English-speaking countries in processes of political, cultural, and media globalization.
The course comprises three sub-areas:
(1) professional language training as a prerequisite for the content study,
(2) linguistics, and
(3) literary and cultural studies.
The minimum requirements for admission in English and American Studies (BA) at Albert-Ludwigs-University for all applicants (Domestic or International) are:
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ECTS points: 180
The range of courses also includes medieval English-language literature. The study of literary works takes place with a broad concept of text and from a comprehensive cultural studies perspective, in which dramas, poems, and novels can be the subject of investigation as well as films, TV series, or popular musical traditions such as reggae and hip-hop. You will learn how to analyze and understand the structure and function of texts in a wide variety of media. Dealing with literary and cultural studies theories from narrative theory to feminist, Postcolonial, or eco-critical approaches play an important role in this. The area of cultural studies offers seminars on media analysis (including film, photography, television, digital media), on cultural phenomena such as Disney or Harry Potter, on ethnic and post-colonial cultures (e.g. Black Britain, Scottish Identities, African-American Literature), and also deals with overarching ones Issues such as the cultural construction of heroes and heroism or the media representation and communication of social problems such as poverty.
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