Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

Latin did not vanish with the Roman Empire. In the following millennium it remained the most important means of communication in literature and science in the Western world (we call it medieval Latin). The supposedly dead language even survived the Middle Ages and was still important during the modern period (Neo-Latin). We can study its legacy in the respective sources (handwritten books and early prints). Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin is not just a linguistic and literary degree programme, it also involves media and cultural studies. It is the central subject in philology (linguistic and literary studies) and historical studies of the Western culture in the period from 500 A.D. to 1800 A.D. The degree programme has a strong international and interdisciplinary focus.

Only a few universities worldwide offer a Bachelor's degree programme in Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin, which can be studied as a first or second subject at FAU. In Bavaria, you can only study it in Erlangen. FAU is the only university in Germany which offers a Master's degree programme in Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin – although knowledge in medieval Latin is beneficial, or even indispensable, for many medieval subjects (such as history). Therefore, Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin is an ideal second subject in many degree programmes, especially in those with a medieval component. FAU offers a unique comprehensive training in medieval Latin and Neo-Latin, from the Bachelor's degree to the Master's degree to the doctoral degree and more (further training courses for researchers and teachers).

What can I do with this degree?

You acquire basic knowledge in the Latin language, literature and script of the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period and philological and historical skills to investigate original texts and media. In this practice-oriented interdisciplinary course you will learn how to work in an academic environment. Due to the small number of students there are only a few graduates every year compared with other degree programmes. Therefore, you are well-equipped for future careers with your specialist degree. While the subject itself is first of all an academic discipline, you obtain practice-relevant skills qualifying you for a broad range of occupational fields such as

  • research (career at a university)
  • archives, libraries or museums
  • media and journalism
  • cultural education, management and tourism
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • interest in medieval literature, history and culture
  • school knowledge of Latin
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU

We guarantee excellent study and working conditions thanks to

  • outstanding individual support
  • comprehensive libraries
  • broad and flexible course offer
  • small seminar groups, making it possible to support each student individually and involve them in research at an early stage
  • excellent networks: we are involved in the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Medieval and Renaissance Studies (IZEMIR) and collaborate with other institutions such as the French National Library in Paris and the Bavarian State Library in Munich.
  • Erasmus partnerships with the universities in Barcelona, Bergamo and Rome, Zurich, Brno and Olomouc, where you can study during the degree programme.
Potential challenges
  • Creating the study plan and registering for the courses (we also provide advice and support before the beginning of the semester; it is possible to register after the deadline).
  • The courses of your choice may clash with those of the second subject (based on the study plan there should not be any clashes, but this may still happen in a few cases). However, as we are quite flexible, we can reschedule courses and meet individual needs.
  • A lack of Latin proficiency (we offer language courses to obtain the required proficiency).

The most important aspects are set out in an introductory event for new students at the beginning of the degree programme. This should help you avoid any potential problems.

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), French Studies (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), Greek Philology (BA), Art History (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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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: No Admissions Restrictions