French Studies (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

You don't have to study French as part of a teaching degree programme, you can also study it as part of a Bachelor's degree. But what exactly do you study in the French Studies degree programme? The main focus is on learning the language and reflecting theoretically on the language and culture. In addition to courses on vocabulary (e.g. grammar, text production and pronunciation), you also take seminars on developmental and transformation processes in language, literature and culture. Alongside the language, which you should already be reasonably proficient in, you will also study linguistics, cultural studies, literary studies and area studies.

For example, in an elementary seminar on French literature you can investigate language issues, gender construction and elements of identity in autobiographical writing. In linguistics lectures you will learn about topics related to different French-speaking countries and areas across the world and language variation between them.

What can I do with this degree?

As many companies today are becoming more and more international, fluency in Romance languages can be just as much of an advantage as English. It allows you to work abroad but can also be a crucial factor when applying for jobs in Germany. Graduates of French studies are suitable for careers in a variety of areas thanks to their language skills. However, they are in particular demand in the following areas in which their knowledge of culture and history is often useful:

  • information processing and documentation
  • journalism
  • libraries and publishing
  • media
  • adult education and other forms of non-formal language teaching
  • intercultural areas where there is overlap between economics, politics and culture (such as in tourism or public relations, or at national and international institutions)
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in not only the French language but also French culture and literature
  • an interest in investigating texts and communicating information to others orally and in writing
  • proficiency in French equivalent to three consecutive years of school education or level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • an interest in France and other francophone countries
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • As the former home of the Huguenots, Erlangen has close historical ties with France.
  • Students receive a great deal of support from lecturers.
  • Language teaching is excellent, with many lecturers who are native speakers.
  • FAU has a good range of exchange programmes with universities in France and Canada (e.g. Aix-en-Provence, Rennes, Caen, Limoges, Québec).
Potential challenges
  • The degree programme does not just focus on learning to speak and write French fluently – a considerable proportion focuses on culture, history, linguistics and literary studies.
  • Language classes are organised differently to those at school and progress more quickly.
  • You will need to read a great deal and regularly write texts independently.
  • Regular independent completion of preparation and follow-up work is important.
Combinable degree programs

Can be combined*

Archaeological Sciences (BA), Book Studies (BA), English and American Studies (BA), German Language and Literature (BA), History (BA), Hispanic Studies (BA), Indo-European and Indo-Iranian Studies (BA), Islamic-Religious Studies (BA), Italian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Cultural History of Christianity (BA), Latin Philology (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Oriental Studies (BA), Education (BA), Philosophy (BA), Political Science (BA), Chinese Studies (BA), Scandinavian Studies (BA), Theatre and Media Studies (BA)

*These courses are scheduled in such a way that the subjects can usually be combined without overlapping.

Can be combined after consulting a study advisor*

Computational Linguistics (BA), Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), Greek Philology (BA), Art History (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Sociology (BA)

As it is not guaranteed that there will be no overlap between teaching times in this combination, you will be required to submit proof of consultation with a study advisor when enrolling. Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) or the Student Service Centre of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.

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Start date of degree program: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Type of study: Two subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Size: (currently 1-50 Students)
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions