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Bachelor (1 Subject)

Applied Literary and Cultural Studies


Degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language Bilingual, German and English
Standard program duration 7 semesters
Admission restrictions Restricted admission for the 1st to the 6th program semester
Overview of the restricted admission procedure (German only)
Further information Homepage (German only)
Module Manual (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

The bilingual degree program in Applied Literary and Cultural Studies facilitates interdisciplinary study. In addition to the bilingual core subject, German and English/American Literary and Cultural Studies, students study one or two minor subjects. The program focuses above all on intercultural and interdisciplinary questions and – in addition to an internship related to the professional field and an integrated semester abroad – allows students to participate in interdisciplinary and internationally oriented study projects from the first semester onwards.

The core subject centers on the critical handling of various types of texts and other media as well as on the application of knowledge in the field of literary and cultural theory within interdisciplinary and intercultural spheres. In addition, political, historical and gender-specific topics are treated in the context of literary and cultural studies. Students learn to write professionally, examine literary and cultural texts from a scientific perspective, position them in an intercultural context, and interpret them critically.

Through a strong focus on project work, students acquire practical skills at an early stage. They organize events at the university and in the city on a regular basis, e.g., exhibitions and readings, plays and conferences. The projects and an obligatory four-week internship enable them to gather experience in non-university settings and to establish contacts.

The languages of instruction for the program are German and English. In many courses at the Department of Cultural Studies, local students study together with (guest) students from throughout the world in what is referred to as the “Intercultural Classroom”. Students expand their international cultural skills during their semester abroad, which should be completed at a university where classroom communication is in English.

Students choose their minor subjects during the orientation phase in October. These subjects should be aligned with corresponding professional fields, which include, for example, public and media communication, cultural and public relations work in industrial and technical fields or editorial work in/design of new media in the area of culture. Through the interdisciplinary dovetailing of the core subject and the minor subjects, the program is geared towards students’ future professions.

Knowledge and skills

An interest in literature and culture, both one’s own and foreign ones, is a basic prerequisite. Good to very good English language skills (equivalent to Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages are recommended, since the language of instruction for the courses in English/American studies is English.

Professional fields

The program qualifies students for professions in interdisciplinary and intercultural fields with a strong focus on communication, e.g., media, public relations and cultural management in culture-related institutions (cultural departments, museums, archives), but also in areas such as project management or communication in the private sector as well as in public administration. A Master’s degree in the core subject can follow the Bachelor’s program.

Further information

Admission to the program is restricted. There are also special enrollment requirements for some minor subjects.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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