Linguistics and Humanities

The Linguistics and Humanities field of study includes beside classical humanities as philosophy or history as well linguistics and theology.

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This field of study deals with understanding and interpreting so-called cultural achievements of human beings as, for instance, language, literature, art, philosophy, religion, moral, and social institutions such as family and state. These areas are related to cultural, mental, media, social, historical and political phenomena, which will be analyzed and evaluated. Persons interested in studying humanities should consider that this field of study requires reading, analyzing and processing a lot of texts. Thus, joy and endurance with reading, a distinct feeling for language and a good comprehension of language are essential qualifications they should have. In addition, studying in this field requires a substantial interest in and understanding of history and the ability to familiarize oneself with new topics and to apply acquired knowledge interdisciplinary. Humanities study courses do not result into individual specific job profiles. Rather, humanities scholars have skills relevant for various professional activities: in communication processes, regarding elaboration, analysis, interpretation and processing of texts, regarding consideration and evaluation of events in their historical and theological context, in politics and within tasks that require an analytical approach to society and its social and demographical groups and phenomena. Thus most different issues can be in the focus as a selection of the topics investigated in this field of study at the University of Rostock shows: archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean Sea region, behavior and giftedness of children, GDR history, population structures and migration in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, youth biographies and youth culture in Germany’s Muslim scene or physical and mental determinants for fitness in old age. The University of Rostock offer humanities bachelor study courses as combination study courses. A study courses comprises of first and second subject here (two-subject bachelor). All humanities subjects as well as the social science subjects Politics and Sociology can be combined freely here (with few exceptions). 

Combination possibilities in two-subject study courses

For two-subject Bachelor study courses a first and a second subject are studied independently pro rata. It’s possible to merge the offered subjects for two-subject study courses in various combinations. At the University of Rostock, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is granted in the humanities, social sciences and linguistics fields of study. The Bachelor study course comprises – depending on the chosen subject combination – of compulsory and optional (compulsory) modules. In addition there are lectures in the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) and Communication competence fields as well.

The diagram on the right shows an overview of the possible combinations in the two-subject Bachelor's degree program.

Study courses in the field of Linguistics and Humanities