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German Language and Literature, Department

Fakultät für Philologie at the Uni Bochum

Germanistisches Institut

  • Universitätsstraße 150
  • 44780 Bochum
  • Phone: +49 234 32-28563
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Basic information

Teaching in core subjects
Teaching staff at the department 53
Total number of students 3,030
Number of master degree students 230

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 11/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 56.8 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 40.5 %

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.1
Support in studies 2.7
Courses offered 2.3
Study organisation 2.7
Exams 2.2
Digital teaching elements 2.4
Teaching foreign language skills 3.2
Research orientation 2.2
Rooms 3.4
Library 2.3
IT-infrastructure 2.7
Overall study situation 2.5

Teacher qualification

Teacher qualification students 530
Teacher qualification programmes
Teacher qualification centre Link
Teacher Qualification Monitor (in German) Link

Degree courses without details

Further degree courses of the department none
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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    Comprehensive and well-positioned German studies with a lot of research-related teaching, also due to various (third-party funded) projects. Numerous e-learning and blended learning offers accompany the seminars. There is also very good supervision and guidance, also in teaching/learning matters. Many inter(sub)disciplinary, practice-oriented courses allow students to focus on a specific occupational field.
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    The institute organises various Erasmus partnerships, institute partnerships and double degrees (M.A.). An internationalisation officer coordinates the institute's international activities. Flexible learning agreements are concluded with outdoing students; Outgoing students' academic achievements gained abroad are generally credited and flexibly integrated into the Bochum curriculum. Bochum has many international students, especially in the master's degree, who benefit from additional exercises and support services.
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    The digital media of teaching staff and students can be used in all teaching rooms; Internet access is also available in all course rooms. Eduroam ensures that not only students and staff of RUB, but also guests from other universities can access the internet easily. The department also has computer workrooms that are used for teaching sessions. The university library has all relevant subject databases, which can be used by students.
  • Special features regarding research activities
    The institute is extremely research-intensive with key research areas in all work units and sub-disciplines: Journal literature, literary anthropology, media history, digital humanities, classics in context (medieval studies), language history/grammaticography, linguistic imitation and concealment strategies, etc. Numerous teaching/learning projects are offered, such as in cooperation with partner schools (‘language construction’) and using the Moodle online platform (‘fit for punctuation’). Research content is incorporated into teaching, such as in the form of research-based learning projects.
  • Support for founders
    In summer semester 2021, a start-up camp for scholars in the humanities was held for the first time at the decisive initiative of the department and in cooperation with the Worldfactory Startup Center of the Ruhr University. In the field of alumni work, we mediate between founders and interested students. A colleague advises and assists students with brainstorming, based on her own experience as a founder of a start-up.
  • Other special features
    Exemplary guidance concept and services offered by the German Studies academic office ("Best practice course of study" at RUB): www.studienbuero-germanistik.de, www.beratungsportal-germanistik.de; Practical career orientation in cooperation with alumni through the "career prospects in German studies" course; Graduation planning and mentoring programmes for the assistance of long-term students; Universitätsallianz Ruhr (UA Ruhr): Cooperation with the German studies departments in Duisburg-Essen and Dortmund; Mutual recognition of courses
  • Further information on research activities
  • Information on access restrictions
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Last update 2022: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education.
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