Latin Philology (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

Our cultural heritage is closely linked with Latin – the lingua franca in the days of the Roman Empire – which still plays an important role today, above all in medicine, theology and biology.

If you are interested in studying and analysing the Latin-speaking ancient world then Latin Philology is the degree programme for you.

If you want to teach Latin, you can study Latin as a teaching degree for secondary schools (Lehramt Gymnasien).

Degree programme structure

The Bachelor's degree programme consists of three phases, the teaching degree programme consists of four phases. In the first two semesters, you gain broad basic knowledge of language practice, linguistics, literary studies and cultural studies of antiquity. In the second phase, you can refine your specialist and methodical skills. In the third phase, you can specialise in an area of your choice. Teaching degree students can choose specialisation modules in prose or poetry after the sixth subject semester.

You can study Latin philology as a first or second subject in combination with another subject. For more information on which other subjects you can choose from, please contact the Student Advice and Career Centre (IBZ).

The teaching degree (Lehramt) in Latin is largely identical with the Bachelor's degree programme Latin Philology. However, as a future teacher you also study teaching methodology and education theory.

What can I do with this degree?

This degree programme prepares students for a broad range of careers in media, journalism, libraries, publishing, adult education and other areas of language teaching and at the intersection of business and culture.

When you study Latin as a teaching degree (Lehramt) and you have completed the first State Examination (Staatsprüfung) you can become a teacher at a secondary school after a two-year teacher training (Referendariat) and passing the second State Examination.

Combinable degree programs

Can be combined*

Archaeological Sciences (BA), 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), Islamic-Religious Studies (BA), Italian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Cultural History of Christianity (BA), Art History (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Oriental Studies (BA), Education (BA), Philosophy (BA), Chinese 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*

Computational Linguistics (BA), Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), Political Science (BA), Scandinavian 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 Proficiency, No Admissions Restrictions