BA Linguistics

BA Linguistics as a major or a minor subject in faculty 05, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz

The BA Linguistics is part of the order of the faculties 02, 05 and 07 of the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz and is integrated into the BA programme of these faculties. On the major subject/minor subject level it can be combined not only with BA programmes which offer specific linguistics, for example German Studies, Romance Studies or Slavonic Studies, but also with all other BA programmes. If one of these linguistic/specific programmes is chosen as minor subject, the corresponding focus selection (module 5) of BA Linguistics cannot be chosen.

Within the different linguistic disciplines the BA Linguistics compose a connection between different phenomenon languages represented in Mainz.

The ability to deal with the worldwide language diversity and in most different linguistic structures is a key qualification, without mutual notification and, in the end, also load-bearing international connections are impossible. BA Linguistics is a subject which guarantees the bases to the capture and representation of linguistic variety from different theoretical perspectives and guarantees at the same time the use of this knowledge on concrete single languages up to the acquisition more fundamentally of communicative abilities.

The BA Linguistics connects with following fields

  • African Studies
  • General Linguistics and Linguistics Typology
  • English Linguistics
  • Romance Linguistics
  • Slavic Linguistics
  • Languages of Northern Europe and the Baltic States
  • German Linguistics
  • Turkish Studies


Module main focus I – Theoretical knowledge (modules in the major subject: 1, 6, 7, 8; modules in the minor subject: 1, 7):

In the BA Linguistics aimed connection of theoretical knowledge with concrete linguistic knowledge occurs at three levels with the following sighting:

  • Module 1a: Linguistics (introduction - basic) (major and minor subject)
  • Module 1b: Linguistics (introduction) (major and minor subject)
  • Module 6: Language and communication (only major subject)
  • Module 7: Linguistics (levels of the linguistic knowledge) (major and minor subject)

It are given:

  • Basis knowledge and their use on linguistic structures in „formal linguistics“ (major and minor subject) Basis knowledge and their use on linguistic structures in „functional linguistics“ and linguistic typology (major and minor subject)
  • Basis knowledge in the semantics (major and minor subject)
  • Basis knowledge in the pragmatism (major and minor subject)
  • Basis knowledge about social and cultural factors of the usage for the security more fundamentally of cultural competence (major subject)


Module main focus II – structural knowledge about typological divergent languages and families of languages (modules in the major subject: 4.1, 4.2 and 5; modules in the minor subject: 4.1 and 4.2):

  • Module 4.1: Structural facts about language I (major and minor subject)
  • Module 4.2: Structural facts about language II (major and minor subject)
  • Module 5: Electoral main focus (only major subject)

It are given:

  • Knowledge about basic structural qualities from several disciplines involved in the BA to the construction of linguistic competence for the linguistic comparison (major and minor subject)
  • Deepened structural knowledge to a linguistic main focus from one of the involved disciplines to create the base to the further employment of a language and to support at the same time the acquisition of communicative abilities by structural background knowledge (only major subject)


Module main focus III – Basic communicative abilities into two foreign languages (major subject: Modules 2 and 3, supported by module 5) or minor subject: into foreign language (module 2):

  • Module 2: Language I (major and minor subject)
  • Module 3: Language II (only major subject)

It are given:

  • Acquisition of basic communicative abilities into two foreign languages (major subject) or a foreign language (minor subject) within the scope of linguistic courses.
  • For the linguistic main focuses can be chosen, for example, languages from the areas of African studies, Slavistik, Northern Europe/Baltic States, Eastern Asia, Turkish, and Indology.


Access conditions

Within the scope of the linguistics BAs training periods are urgently recommended. They serve to contact with potential future fields of work and employers as well as the development of specific fields in which the knowledge acquired in the BA programme can be moved. Beside is to be thought particularly of areas like information technology, telecommunications, media, linguistic mediation, culture and cultural management as well as development aid. Stay abroad (e.g., foreign semester for deepening the foreign-language competence, international summer schools) is possible but not obligatory.

Training periods and stay abroad

The conditions for the licensing are valid it to the study of the BA Linguistics after §2 paragraph 1 and paragraph 2 of the order of the faculties 02, 05 and 07. On the linguistic proficiency of English covered these conditions enclose to understand the ability English technical literature and lectures into English.