Italian Studies (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

You don't have to study Italian 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 Italian 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 Italian literary studies, examples of the genre of the novella from the Middle Ages can be examined from the perspective of reality representation. Language problems, gender construction and identity aspects can be examined. In a linguistic lecture you will deal, for example, with the grammatical structures of Italian, with the dialects and minority languages in Italy or with the linguistic history of Italy.

What can I do with this degree?

Due to the international orientation of many companies, it is of great value today to be able to speak Romanic languages as well as English. On the one hand, this makes it possible to work abroad, but on the other hand it also plays an important role when applying inland. Romanists can therefore find accommodation in many professional areas due to their language skills. However, they are particularly in demand in the following areas, where the language, literary and cultural knowledge they have acquired during their studies can also be applied:

  • 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 the Italian language, literature and culture and a willingness to deal with these aspects from a scientific perspective
  • Interest in dealing with texts and in the oral and written communication of information to others
  • Previous knowledge of Italian at level A2 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages); if there is no previous knowledge, an intensive course can be taken at the FAU in the summer before the start of studies (from August), concluding with this level.
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
Potential challenges
  • Although it is an important part of the course to speak and write the foreign language as well as possible, it is equally important to deal in depth with linguistic, literary and cultural aspects from both a contemporary and a historical perspective.
  • Language training is organised differently from school and progresses more rapidly.
  • You have to read a lot and also write texts on a regular basis independently.
  • Regular independent preparation and follow-up of the courses is important.
Combinable degree programs

Can be combined*

Book Studies (BA), English and American Studies (BA), French Studies (BA), German Language and Literature (BA), History (BA), Greek Philology (BA), Hispanic Studies (BA), Indo-European and Indo-Iranian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Cultural History of Christianity (BA), Art History (BA), Latin Philology (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Oriental Studies (BA), Education (BA), Philosophy (BA), Political Science (BA), Chinese Studies (BA), Scandinavian Studies (BA), Sociology (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*

Archaeological Sciences (BA), Computational Linguistics (BA), Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), Islamic-Religious Studies (BA), Theatre and Media 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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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