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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Spanish Studies

Degree

Combined bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - This course is also suitable for students who wish to enter the teaching profession.

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study

see https://www.hu-berlin.de/en/studies/counselling/course-catalogue/Standardseite?set_language=en; with or without numerus clausus

Combinations and Course Structure

Spanish Studies is offered as:

Core subject without training teaching option: 120 credit points (CP)*, with a second subject to be selected
Secondary subject without training teaching option: 60 CP, with a bachelor’s core subject except Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Core subject with training teaching option: 113 CP, with a second subject to be selected
Secondary subject with training teaching option: 67 CP, with a bachelor’s core subject except Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Please refer to the Bachelor’s and master’s courses at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’ and the ’Teacher training programme at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’ overview. You will also find information about potential combinations there. For information on the range of subjects, see the current ’Course catalogue’.

*One credit point (CP) equals a workload of 25 - 30 hours for preparation, follow-up and attendance at classes.

Special admission requirements: Language skills

Students are expected to have Spanish language skills at A2 level under the Common European Framework for Languages. The admission requirement is deemed fulfilled upon successful completion of three consecutive years at lower secondary or two consecutive years in sixth form in the subject of Spanish or upon presentation of equivalent certificates. Recognised certificates for A2 are:

  • Instituto Cervantes: A2 course certificate
  • Adult Education Centres: A2,3 course certificate
  • Spanish Language Schools (CEELE-certified: A2 certificate)

Applicants who speak Spanish as a native language are not required to supply proof (see also: www.hu-berlin.de/studium/beratung/faecheruebergreifende-satzung-zur-regelung-von-zulassung-studium-und-pruefung-zsp-hu-lesefassung#page=161)
You can find detailed information online on the Department of Department of Romance Languages and Literature website.

Other language skills

Knowledge of a modern foreign language or Latin is desirable, and adequate German skills are required.

Study programme abroad

Study abroad periods are strongly recommended, and ‘learning agreements’ may be concluded with the faculty for this purpose.

Why study Spanish Studies at HU?

Spanish Studies is part of the field of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Romance Studies examines Romance languages, literatures and cultures. The subject in question uses example-based teaching methods. It also requires students to look beyond the language being studied to other Romance areas and their languages and literature. The acquisition of foreign language skills is therefore not the focus of the course. If you only wish to perfect your Romance languages, this course on a Romance subject will not meet your objectives.

Course objectives

  • Provide fundamental scientific knowledge of Spanish language, literature and culture using selected thematic focuses.
  • Student acquisition of key techniques of academic and systematic work, research, written and oral presentation and other key communication skills.
  • Convey the ability to critically discuss academic theories and methods, and to handle scientific questions independently.
  • Provision of career-related additional qualifications and career-oriented elements, e.g. in the fields of formal and informal education, the media, publishing, cultural management, international organisations and further education, and where relevant preparation for a teaching-related master’s course.
  • Basis for an academic career.

Content of studies

The best way to find information about course content is to use the course regulations (www.amb.hu-berlin.de, no. 107/2014, 1. amendment no. Nr. 95/2015) and the annotated university calendar (hu-berlin.de/vorlesungsverzeichnis). You can also consult the Course Advisory Service.

Spanish Studies without teacher training option

Core subject Spanish Studies with 120 CP

Module 01: Language Training - Basic Module, 10 CP
Module 02: Linguistics - Basic Module, 10 CP
Module 03: Literary Studies - Basic Module, 10 CP
Module 04: Linguistics - Advanced Module, 10 CP
Module 05: Literary Studies - Advanced Module, 10 CP
Module 06: Language Training Advanced Module: Written Expression, 5 CP
Module 07: Language Training Advanced Module: Oral Expression, 5 CP
Module 08: Culture and Media, 5 CP
Module 11: Scientific Profile-Building, 5 CP
Module 12: Bachelor's Thesis, 10 CP

Mandatory elective modules (20 CP)
Module 09: In-depth Module Linguistics or
Module 10: In-depth Module  Literary Studies, each 10 CP

Module 13: Practical Orientation or
Module 14: Internship, each 10 CP

General elective modules (20 CP)

In addition to specialised study, Students acquire subject-specific, non-specialist and interdisciplinary key qualifications of 20 CP. The general elective modules can be chosen from the module catalogues of other subjects or central institutions (see http://agnes.hu-berlin.de/). Further more there is the possibility to acquire language skills in Catalan, Portuguese or Romanian (see: www.amb.hu-berlin.de, no. 108/2014).

Spanish Studies as a Secondary subject (60 CP)

Modules 01-07 from core subject, in total 60 CP

Spanish Studies with teacher training option

Core subject Spanish Studies with 113 CP

Mandatory modules (80 CP)

Module 01: Language Training - Basic Module, 10 CP
Module 02: Linguistics - Basic Module, 10 CP
Module 03: Literary Studies - Basic Module, 10 CP
Module 04: Linguistics - Advanced Module, 10 CP
Module 05: Literary Studies - Advanced Module, 10 CP
Module 06: Language Training Advanced Module: Written Expression, 5 CP
Module 07: Language Training Advanced Module: Oral Expression, 5 CP
Module 08: Culture and Media, 5 CP
Module 11: Scientific Profile-Building, 5 CP
Module 12: Bachelor's Thesis, 10 CP

Mandatory elective modules (10 CP)
Module 09: In-depth Module Linguistics or
Module 10: In-depth Module  Literary Studies, each 10 CP

General elective modules - teacher training studies (23 CP)

In addition to specialised study, students on a bachelor’s with teacher training option will complete the Educational Sciences teacher training module (13 CP) and the ‘German as a Second Language’ module (3 CP). You will find information on this at http://studium.hu-berlin.de/lust/lehrer. The didactic module (7 CP) is also required.

Module 15: Introduction to the didactics of Spanish teaching, 7 CP

Second subject Spanish Studies with 67 CP

Mandatory modules (60 CP)
Modules 01-07 from core subject, in total 60 CP

General elective module - teacher training studies (7 CP)
Module 15: Introduction to the didactics of Spanish teaching , 7 CP

General elective course offerings for students coming from other courses of studies

Module 16: Spanish within the context of Neo-Latin Languages, 5 CP
Module 17: Spanish Literary Studies, 5 CP
Module 18: Culture and Media in Spanish-Speaking Areas, 5 CP

Master’s degree

Completing the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Studies enables you to study for a Master of Education, as well as the department’s Romance Cultures master’s course. You will find additional HU programmes in the Course catalogue.

Important addresses

Department of Romance Literatures and Linguistics: Dorotheenstr. 65, www.romanistik.hu-berlin.de/, Tel. +49 30 2093-5118
Course Advisory Service and Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications: Dr. Huberty, Tel. +49 30 2093-5117, maren.huberty@romanistik.hu-berlin.de
Service for teacher training students: http://studium.hu-berlin.de/lust/lehrer, Tel. +49 30 2093-1571, lehrerbildung@rz.hu-berlin.de
Applications: How to apply, Information for prospective international students
Links to job market: careers information centre (http://www.arbeitsagentur.de/web/content/DE/BuergerinnenUndBuerger/ArbeitundBeruf/Berufswahl/Berufsinformationszentren/index.htm) , employment market reports (http://statistik.arbeitsagentur.de/Navigation/Statistik/Arbeitsmarktberichte/Akademiker/Akademiker-Nav.html), Federal Employment Office Berufenet (http://berufenet.arbeitsagentur.de/berufe/), www.hochschulteamberlin.de/

Version: June 2015
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