Hispanic Studies (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

You don't have to study Spanish as part of a teaching degree programme, you can also study it as part of a Bachelor's degree. But what exactly do you do in the Hispanic 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 Spanish-language literature you will discover Latin American novels from the magic realism genre and investigate to what extent this is a cultural movement that differs from contemporary developments in Europe. In linguistics lectures you will learn about topics such as Spanish in the Caribbean and language contact there, or varieties of Spanish on the Iberian peninsula.

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 Hispanic 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 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 Spanish language but also the culture and literature of Spanish-speaking countries
  • an interest in investigating texts and communicating information to others orally and in writing
  • proficiency in Spanish equivalent to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • an interest in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries
  • You must have basic knowledge of Spanish at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). If you do not have sufficient knowledge you can take FAU's intensive course in August before starting the degree programme in order to reach this level.
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • Students receive a great deal of support from lecturers.
  • Language teaching is excellent, with many lecturers who are native speakers.
  • There are a wide range of exchange programmes with universities in Spain and Latin America, including Valencia, Madrid, Cádiz, Seville, La Serena (Chile) and Monterrey (Mexico).
Potential challenges
  • The degree programme does not just focus on learning to speak and write Spanish 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 completion of independent preparation and follow-up work is important.
Combinable degree programs

Can be combined*

Archaeological Sciences (BA), English and American Studies (BA), French Studies (BA), German Language and Literature (BA), History (BA), Greek Philology (BA), Indo-European and Indo-Iranian Studies (BA), Islamic-Religious Studies (BA), Italian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Art History (BA), Latin Philology (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Philosophy (BA), Political Science (BA), Scandinavian Studies (BA), Sociology (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*

Book Studies (BA), Computational Linguistics (BA), Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), Cultural History of Christianity (BA), Oriental Studies (BA), Education (BA), Chinese Studies (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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Degree program start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

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: Language Placement Test, No Admissions Restrictions