Program Facts and Information
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard Period of Study: 6 semesters (3 years)
ECTS Credits: approx. 180
Language of Instruction: English and German
Foreign Language Requirements: English proficiency (C1)
Program Start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Humanities
Semester Fee: €156.70 (more)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
Read more about the bachelor’s program in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies (CELLS) (only available in German)
The University of Mannheim is launching its new bachelor’s program in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies (CELLS) in fall 2017. Students of the program learn about English language and literature, and study the cultures and societies of Great Britain and the USA.
By focusing on English and American Studies, students gain a particularly thorough insight into the subject and receive intensive language training. Almost all modules are taught in English.
Over the course of the program, you can specialize in either Literary Studies or Linguistics. Modules in Literary Studies give you the opportunity to learn about the basic principles and theories of scientific literary analysis, and focus on the literature of the late 20th century and the 21st century. Classes on Linguistics teach students about language acquisition and development, and multilingualism.
The module, Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives, enables you to attend courses offered by other schools which suit your subject focus. The module, Career Perspectives, outlines possible career options. It teaches you practical skills that take account of the increasing digitalization of the workplace, such as how to create a website or how to produce podcasts.
Why Study Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies at the University of Mannheim?
This modern, English-language bachelor's program goes above and beyond the scope of traditional programs in English and American Studies. It combines theoretical, specialized knowledge of British and American language, literature, culture, and media with well-founded language skills and key competences relevant for the workplace. The program trains you to become an all-rounder and prepares you for an international career in the digital world of work.
The Humanities at the University of Mannheim have an excellent reputation in Germany. With 450 partner universities, and students from 100 countries, Mannheim is one of the most international universities in the country, and provides students with an inspiring learning environment that facilitates excellent teaching and research.
A bachelor's degree in Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies qualifies you to work in the communication sector. International companies and organizations, in particular, look for graduates with this qualification. You can work as an editor or a social media manager, or in public relations, advertising, or international customer relationship management.
Your language skills also enable you to work in adult education, as a trainer of communication skills, for example. Alternatively, you can pursue an academic career in the fields of British or American Linguistics, Literary Studies, or Cultural Studies.
Required Interests and Skills
Students of CELLS should:
- have a very good level of proficiency in English and German (C1 or better),
- want to learn more about the British and American English languages and cultures,
- be interested in social and political occurrences in the English-speaking world,
- read frequently (in English and German),
- not be put off by complex texts, theories, and methods,
- enjoy writing academic texts (in English and German),
- like giving presentations (in English and German),
- be interested in all types of media.
You can find further details on how the program is structured in the module catalog, which is only available in German.
The University of Mannheim is part of a global network. The School of Humanities is partners with over 140 universities worldwide, and, in collaboration with the International Office, can help you plan a period of study abroad. We recommend that students go abroad during the fourth or fifth subject-specific semester, but it is possible to make individual arrangements. Studying abroad is optional, and is encouraged by the School.
We strongly recommend that students complete an internship during their studies. Through the practical module stipulated in the examination regulations, you can acquire key competences that are relevant in the workplace. It can also help you with your career options, finding internships, and starting work. The Careers Advice Service can help you to find an internship.
Sample Course Schedule
These courses are studied in the first semester.
The following degree programs are (mainly) taught in German:
Application and Selection
- the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
- the grades achieved in German and English,
- relevant work experience and extracurricular activities,
- periods of time spent abroad,
- very good level of proficiency in English (C1 or better).
You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.
Applicants are required to take an aptitude test, such as What shall I study? or the SIT orientation test, which are both only available in German. They must then submit proof that they have completed the test with their application.
Dr. Marilene BurkardStudiengangsmanagement B.A. und B.A. Kultur und Wirtschaft
Tue and Wed 10 a.m. – noon (without previous notice); during the semester break: Tue 10 a.m. – noon
Angelika Konrad-Schineller, M.A.Studiengangsmanagement B.A. und B.A. Kultur und Wirtschaft
Tue and Wed 10 a.m. – noon, during the semester break: Tue 10 a.m. – noon (jeweils offene Sprechstande)
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