Programme Description for the BA Major in General Linguistics

The B.A. study in General Linguistics starts at the beginning of the Winter Semester and lasts for six Semesters (3 years). These three years include the B.A. Thesis and final exams.

The elementary studies (1st - 4th semester) cover the fundamentals of General and Theoretical Linguistics. Obligatory in this period are courses in syntax, semantics, phonetics/phonology and pragmatics as well as courses in mathematical foundations and language typology.

During the main studies (5th + 6th semester), students select five proseminars and two core seminars. One of the core seminars should lead to the BA-thesis while the other is completed with an oral exam.

Language Requirements

 Prerequisites for studying General Linguistics are

  • Good Knowledge of English and German
  • By the end of the 2nd semester: Knowledge in a second foreign language on GER level B1.
  • By the end of the 4th semester: Knowledge in a third foreign language on GER level B1. 

The third foreign language can be acquired during the studies. Alternatively, a successful completion of the course "Languages of the World II" is also sufficient.

Language of Instruction

The languages of instruction are German and English.


Johannes Wahle

Johannes Dellert


Office Hour:

Term break:

upon appointment.


Tuesday, 16.00-17.00

Wilhelmstr. 19, R. 1.11