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Greek Philology B.A.


Combined Bachelor of Arts

Program structure

Combinatorial degree programs: These programs combine either a bachelor's subject with a second major subject, or a bachelor's subject with two minor subjects.
You can choose (almost) all the subjects offered by the three philosophical faculties. In addition, second majors and minors can be chosen in business administration, economics, business information systems (only as a second major), and it may be possible to apply to take a second major or minor in further subjects.

Subject are put together in the following combinations:

  • either: 1 bachelor's subject (including the thesis) + 1 second major
  •  or: 1 bachelor's subject (including the thesis) + 2 minor subjects

List of subjects involved

Special features

No special features


The study of Ancient Greek aims at a comprehensive overview of Greek literature and its cultural context from its beginning (Homer) to Late Antiquity. The study focuses on the following areas: linguistic basics (grammar, vocabulary, and metrics), training of reading skills of original texts, and in-depth knowledge of various special authors. The culture of antiquity is to be grasped in its historical dimension, but also in its afterlife, which is still effective today (e.g., drama, rhetoric, philosophy, mythology, visual arts, and music).

Professional prospects / competencies

Sample professions: Higher education, library and publishing, cultural management, public administration, free enterprise, press, politics, and diplomacy. Key qualifications acquired through study: analytical and systematic ("logical") thinking; formulation and testing of hypotheses in problem solving and the associated ability to persevere; intercultural competence relating to the intellectual-historical tradition of Europe; knowledge of the original affiliation of the humanities and natural sciences; and gaining a precise and accurate way of expressing oneself in German.

Internships, lab courses, practical courses

Not a mandatory part of the degree program; self-initiated internships are essential for later career prospects.

Disciplines involved

The following subjects provide courses (compulsory or elective): Latin Studies, Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, Philosophy, Patristics, Indo-European Linguistics; in addition, there are multiple points of contact with the other humanities.

Program duration / standard period of study

The length of the program depends on the progress of an individual's studies. The standard period of study, the time in which the intended program can be finished ideally is 6 semesters. The actual time taken to complete the program may vary. It is limited by the examination deadlines set out in the examination regulations.

Program scope

180 ECTS credits overall;
comprising 90 ECTS credits in the bachelor's subject, 60 ECTS credits in the second subject and 30 ECTS credits in each minor subject

Language of instruction


Program can be started

In the winter and summer semester (a start in winter semester is recommended)

What qualities do I need to have?

Interest in and enjoyment of ancient literature and culture, as well as literature and language in general, sensitivity to language, ability to think systematically and analytically, willingness to engage in independent, self-motivated reading and study; basic knowledge of ancient Greek at the Graecum level. 

Restricted admittance

No admittance restriction based on grades

Legal requirements for admission

General university entrance qualification, subject-related university entrance qualification, or vocational qualification.

Application deadline(s)

An application is not necessary, as the program is not admission restricted.

Information for international applicants

Registration dates and deadlines

Information on the dates for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Language skills needed

If Latinum (for 1st/2nd major in Greek Philology) or assured knowledge of Latin (minor subject) is not available at the beginning of the study program, this evidence must be provided during the course of the study program.

Information regarding German language proficiency for international students

Documents needed (to apply / register)

Information on the documents required for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Information on the application documents for international applicants

Contact within the faculty

Information about office hours and academic counseling can be found on the homepage of the Department of Greek Philology.


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