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In terms of its subject focus, the minor corresponds to the major English Studies. Its workload, however, is drastically reduced. Thus students receive an academic introduction to the language, literature, and culture of the English-speaking world. Our minor programme is the ideal partner of a major programme in all subjects of the humanities or social sciences. ou cannot combine English Studies (Major) with
English Studies (Minor). The B.A. English Studies Minor can be completed in two instead of three years. After introductory courses in literary and cultural studies, and in language and communication studies, you choose four modules from our broad first- and second- year course offerings.


Structure of the Programme

The following overview comprises the modules of the major, according to the examination regulations starting from WS 2018/19. A module can consist of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. 

For a list and overview of the current modules see: Download pdf.


1st year

Compulsory modules are:

  • Introduction to Language and Communication Studies
  • Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies


Compulsory Electives (1 of 2):

  • Issues Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Issues in Language and Communication Studies

2nd year

Advanced Modules (3 of 7):

  • North American Literatures and Cultures
  • British Literatures and Cultures
  • Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures
  • Focus on North American Popular Culture
  • Focus on English Popular Culture
  • Medieval Studies
  • English in the Middle Ages
  • Language in Culture and Cognition
  • Language Structures and Language Functions
  • Regional Studies Great Britain/Ireland
  • Regional Studies North America


The programme is complemented by an attractive variety of scholarly events and activities, including

guest lectures, conferences and excursions.



The major subject will be the significant factor when it comes to career opportunities. Upon finishing our minor programme, you will be competent in the cultures that are shaping globalisation. You will also be a critical reader and your written and spoken English will be very advanced. Thus our minor is an asset for various careers in business, culture, politics, education, and academia.



Bonn is a picturesque city on the Rhine. You will be studying in the former palace of the Archbishop of Cologne. Numerous international organisations have offices in Bonn, such as the United Nations and the Fairtrade Labelling Organization. Several German government agencies are located here, along with the headquarters of the Deutsche Post and Deutsche Telekom. Bonn is part of a region vibrant with media and culture including the TV networks RTL and WDR, the radio stations Deutsche Welle and Deutschlandfunk, museums and theatres of national renown. It is an ideal place to study, to live, and to start your career.



  • Abitur or equivalent certificate of secondary education.

If you did not receive your Abitur (or equivalent) at a German or international German-language school, you must provide evidence of a high proficiency in German: DSH-1 or equivalent. Proficiency in a third language is desirable.



New students are admitted to the programme every winter semester. Classes begin in October.

Please check the website of the Studentensekretariat for detailed information on application deadlines: Link.


Course Regulations (Prüfungsordnung)

The information provided on this website is aimed at future students. It is based on the course regulations that will be valid from winter semester 2018/19 on. The course regulations can be found here: Download pdf.

Older versions of the course regulations for B.A. students are available here: Link.


More Information

For more information see our FAQ section: Link.

For specific questions please contact our Administrative Coordinator Dr. Nicole Meier: Link

or our Programme Manager/Study Coordinator (Studiengangsmangerin) Dr. Imke Lichterfeld: Link.

Our Resources page holds practical information on studying and living in Bonn, planning your career, and other services of our department and our university: Link.