Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Hungarian Literature and Culture


Combined bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study

see; with or without numerus clausus


Hungarian Literature and Culture is offered as

Core subject: 120 CP*, with a second subject to be selected
Second subject: 60 CP, with a bachelor’s core subject to be selected

Please see ‘Bachelor’s and master’s courses’. You will also find information about potential combinations there. In the current ’Course catalogue’, you will find the range of subjects.

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

Language skills

Students are not required to demonstrate any Hungarian language skills upon application and enrolment. If you do not have the required language skills, you can take a preparatory course before beginning your studies. This will not be included in the standard time for completing course. Upon starting the subject-based studies, students need to have attained level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in Hungarian. This will be verified with an examination. An appropriate level of English is also expected. An adequate knowledge of German is also required.

Study programme abroad

A semester abroad is also planned for immersion in the practical language and subject area.

Course objectives

  • To provide fundamental scientific knowledge of the Hungarian language, literature and culture by means of selected thematic focuses. The course has literature studies with a cultural studies dimension at its centre, paying particular attention to inter-cultural and inter-medial contexts.
  • Acquisition of the ability to position literary texts and cultural documents in the European and particularly the Eastern European context.
  • Acquisition of key techniques of academic and systematic work, research, written and oral presentation. Learning the foreign language is at the heart of the acquisition of communicative competence.
  • Analysing complex epistemological interrelationships of the subject’s history and culture and acquiring the ability to critically discuss academic theories and methods and to handle scientific questions independently.
  • Acquisition of knowledge that prepares students to either progress to a master’s programme or begin a career in a broad range of fields in the German-speaking and international literature and cultural sector. Integral components of the programme are the support of teamwork and communication of further qualifications that are sought after in relevant professional fields, e.g. in the area of media, publishing, cultural management, activity in international organisations and the continuing education sector.

Course content

For information on the content of studies, consult the Course regulations (, no. 128/2014) and the annotated university calendar ( You can also consult the Course Advisory Service (see below).

Core subject Hungarian Literature and Culture with 120 CP

Mandatory Modules (80 CP)
Module 01: Introduction to Literature Studies, 7 CP
Module 02: Language Practice I, 6 CP
Module 03: Introduction to Cultural Studies, 8 CP
Module 04: Language Practice II, 7 CP
Module 05: In-depth Module - Literature Studies 6 CP
Module 06: Language Practice III, 7 CP
Module 07: In-depth Module - Cultural Studies, 8 CP
Module 08: Language Practice IV, 6 CP
Module 09: Topic-Specific Focusing - Abroad or
Module 10: Topic-Specific Focusing - Inland, each 15 CP
Module 12: Bachelor’s thesis, 10 CP

Mandatory Elective Modules (20 CP)

Students must select modules summing up to 20 CP out of module package I and module package II, 10 CP per module package are required.

Module Package I
Module 13: Hungarian Regional Studies, 5 CP
Module 14: Comparative Literature Studies, 5 CP
Module 15: Literature and Culture Theory, 5 CP
Module 19: Additional Language Practice A1, 5 CP
Module 20: Additional Language Practice A2, 5 CP

Module Package II

Module 22: Practical Orientation, 5 CP or 10 CP
Module 23: Internship, 10 CP
Module 25: Additional Language Practice A1, 5 CP
Module 26: Additional Language Practice A2, 5 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

Second subject Hungarian Literature and Culture with 60 CP

Modules 1 to 8 as in the core subject (see above), in total 55 CP
Module 11: Topic-Specific Focusing - Second Subject, 5 CP

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

Module 30: Hungarian Literature Studies, 10 CP

Master’s degree

The seminar in Hungarian Studies is part of the master’s programme in European Literatures. You will find this and other HU master’s courses in the Course catalogue.

Important addresses

Department of Slavic and Hungarian Studies: Dorotheenstr. 65,,, Tel. +49 30 2093-73340
Course Advisory Service for prospective students: 
Dr. Kazalarska, room 5.26, Tel. +49 30 2093-73367,
Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications: 
Dr. Wapenhans, room 5.68, Tel. +49 30 2093-73358,
Applications: How to apply, Information for prospective international students
Links to job market: careers information centre ( , employment market reports (, Federal Employment Office Berufenet (,

Version: June 2015
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