B.A. Program

Please note: the following information refer only to the courses taught by the literature department. See here for an overview of the whole B.A. program.

The degree program for a BA in North American literature includes the following lectures, classes, and seminars:

  • Fundamentals module: Understanding North America A (10 credit points)

The interdisciplinary lectures are offered in cooperation with instructors from the History and Culture departments

Lectures on North American literature offer an overview of literary-historical periods, genres, and forms as well as a basic introduction to the fundamentals of literary analysis

This class is offered in winter semester only.

  • Introductory module on literary analysis (10 credit points)

This module begins with a general introduction to literary studies and analysis

The module culminates in a seminar designed to provide students with opportunities to apply the theoretical models explored in the introductory course to specific literary texts

The general introduction is offered during the winter semester and the linked seminar during the summer semester

  • Intensive module A—Literary epochs (10 credit points)

This module consists of two intensive seminars

In order to obtain an overview of general trends in American literature, students are required to participate in one seminar dealing with literature before 1900 and another focusing on more recent literature

Both seminars are offered during the winter semester

  • Intensive module B—Literary forms (10 credit points)

This module consists of two intensive seminars which focus on genres and modes such as drama, poetry, or the novel

Both seminars are offered during the summer semester

  • Bachelor colloquium in literature and culture (5 credit points)

This colloquium provides a forum for discussing and writing the BA thesis, and it offers opportunities for preparing for oral examinations

The colloquium is offered alternately in winter and summer semesters and alternately by representatives of the literature and culture departments