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Start of studies - Bachelor Linguistics (integrative)

Welcome to linguistics studies at the HHU

Programme structure

A course of studies that integrates several sub-subjects:

In this course you will receive a scientifically all-round education on the subject of "language"; (general) and "languages"; (similarities and differences). The course includes a substantial improvement in your foreign language skills - in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, German as a foreign language, Hebrew, Yiddish, Latin or Ancient Greek - and offers the possibility of different specialisations/orientations in the field of language learning:

  • Languages (2 foreign languages)
  • Basics (philosophy and 1 foreign language)
  • Psycholinguistics (psycho- and neurolinguistics and 1 foreign language)
  • Computational linguistics (machine language processing and 1 foreign language)


  • interest in language itself and in foreign languages
  • good English skills


Course of study

1st academic year:

Introduction to the subject linguistics and the three most important core areas (lute level = phonetics & phonology, grammar level = morphology & syntax, meaning level = semantics & pragmatics); language courses, basics of philosophy and computer science.

2nd and 3rd academic year:

Advanced language courses, deepening training in the core areas and familiarisation with a special field:

  •  Linguistic diversity and variation Sociolinguistics, language policy, language types and varieties
  • Historical Linguistics Language change and development
  • Psycho- and Neurolinguistics Language and brain, language acquisition, speech disorders
  • Computational linguistics, e. g. machine translation, speech synthesis and speech recognition, etc.
  • Linguistics of English, French, Italian or Spanish (in planning)

In the variant focusing on computational linguistics, there is a reduced specialisation in the core areas in favour of a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of language processing with the computer.

Career perspectives

Knowledge of the complexity of human languages, as provided by linguistics, is useful in many professional fields. This include i.a. the fields of electronic information processing, training of speech therapists, foreign language teaching, activities in media and journalism, textbook development as well as advice on text creation e.g. of manuals.

The additional qualifications of the respective the specializations increase career opportunities depending on the field of activity.

However, neither the bachelor's nor the master's degree qualifies students to work as speech-language pathologists or clinical ling

Dates and events

details follow First semester introductory events of the student representatives (only in german language)
details follow Orientation tutorial of the study subject (only in german language)
07.10.2024 Lecture start
07.10.2024 at 10:30  a.m. in lecture hall  3A (Building 23.01)/ followed by an info bazaar with many campus institutions until 1 pm. Begrüßung durch die Rektorin
details follow Introductery event of study subject (only in german language)



Here you will reach the HIS-LSF

with this link you will reach the list of courses of the study programme in the  HIS-LSF.


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