Digital Philology (Joint Bachelor of Arts)
(Digital Philology, J.B.A.)
|Degree: Bachelor of Arts|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
Language: German and English.|
For English, proof of language skills at the B2 level (CEF) is required. Proof may be submitted in the form of report cards or equivalents.
|Internship: Completing an internship or even several internships throughout the programme is recommended particularly regarding professional orientation. With a duration of four weeks or more, full-time internships in the optional area of the programme can be recognised; internship regulations.|
Requirements for Admission: |
1. general university entrance degree, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information;
2. English language skills at B2 level (CEF). Proof may be submitted in the form of report cards or equivalents.
|Admission Procedure: unrestricted|
|Part-time Degree: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start winter semester|
|Application Deadline: September 15|
|Application Online application|
|Special Features: ---|
Degree Programme Structure (please click to read on)
The Joint Bachelor of Arts is an interdisciplinary programme at the TU Darmstadt. It consists of the studies of two different subjects/components. At least one of the two subjects has to be chosen from the programmes of the Department of History and Social Sciences.
The folloging subjects can be chosen as first component:
- Digital Philology
- German Studies (Germanistik)
- History (Geschichte)
- Musical Culture (Musikalische Kultur)
- Philosophy (Philosophie)
- Political Science (Politikwissenschaft)
- Sociology (Soziologie)
As second component, the subjects named under “first component” can be chosen and, additionally:
- Computer Science (Informatik)
- Sports Science (Sportwissenschaft)
- Business Administration and Economics.
That means, the latter three subjects (Computer Science, Sports Science, Business Administration and Economics) cannot be combined with each other.
The combination of two subjects provides students with the opportunity to create an interdisciplinary course of study. The students can also obtain cross-subject knowledge or knowledge from a different subject by means of internships, excursions, language courses, etc. An interdisciplinary specialisation is not required until the Master of Arts programme.
The Joint Bachelor of Arts consists of the studies of two different subjects/components.
The component Digital Philology offers a combination of competencies from the established philological branches linguistics and literary studies on the one hand and theories and methods of digitally processing texts on the other.
Proof of language skills in English at the B2 level (CEF) is required for admission.
If the Bachelor’s Thesis (12 CP) is written in the J.B.A. component Digital Philology, it may be composed in German or English without prior application. The Thesis may be written in the areas of focus Corpus Linguisitics or Computer Philology.
See the course structure and content in detail on the schedule aside (click to enlarge).
The study programme starts with the Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.
Further information may be found at:
Advice for Prospective J.B.A Students
The J.B.A. component Digital Philology is directed at those who are interested in language, literature, history, and culture as well as in digital communication and their technology, in software, the internet, and new media and thus in the young field of science of Digital Humanities. Students analyse and interpret language and communication, literary and non-literary texts of all periods with a focus on German and English, and utilise established hermeneutic procedures in connection with digital techniques of corpus and computer linguistics in this context. They contribute to the research and preservation of cultural heritage by analysing and publishing texts, images, and artefacts at publishing houses, libraries, archives, and museums while taking traditional and digital research methods and publishing media such as books, ebooks, and the world wide web into account.
As one of the leading Technical Universities, the Technical University of Darmstadt offers ideal technical, personal, and infrastructural conditions for Digital Humanities.
Related Degree Programmes
General Information: With the Joint Bachelor of Arts, the students will acquire a first professional qualification. However, the Master of Arts is considered the standard qualification at the TU Darmstadt. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.|
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. For further questions and in cases of doubt, please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
|Linguistic and Literary Computing (M.A.)|
|German Linguistics (M.A.) (Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft, M.A.)|
The job market for graduates of the study programme is generally broad and varied. Graduates are especially sought for positions at universities, in literary and linguistic teaching and research as well as in language teaching in the private school system. Other career opportunities can be found in schoolbook and textbook editing, in publishing houses (e.g. in editing), in radio, TV and newspaper editorial teams, in PR and advertisement agencies, in libraries and archives, in international organizations, at Goethe Institutes, as well as in the cultural sector (e.g. as dramaturge at theaters). With additional business qualifications, they can find employment in business enterprises (e.g. in marketing and distribution or in human resources).
For this reason it is important to start gaining practical work experience in relevant organisations early in the degree programme. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Deutscher Anglistenverband e.V. (Association for Language and Literature)
Deutscher Germanistenverband e.V. (Association for German Language and Literature)
Deutscher Philologenverband e.V. (Association for Language and Literature)
Fachverband Deutsch im Deutschen Germanistenverband (Department German at the Association for German Language)
Institut für deutsche Sprache (IDS) (Institute for German Language)