All students enrolled on Bachelor of Arts degree programmes (except for BA Sport Science, BA Literary Writing and BA Art Education) or the Digital Humanities BSc programme have the opportunity to study an elective subject. Depending on the degree programme, this can involve up to two elective subjects.

Registration Procedure

Generally speaking, students not allocated a place in their chosen elective subject will automatically be assigned the freely configurable elective area of the humanities and social sciences – which still allows them to study modules from the desired subject.

Students in the First Semester of Study

If you already want to study an elective subject in your first semester, please register for it prior to starting your studies at Leipzig University. Please check the Almaweb portal for all necessary information and deadlines (usually until mid-September). You can register for an elective subject via the online registration system. The deadlines for this can be found in the information you receive in the AlmaWeb portal and by email to your student email account.

Students from the Second Semester of Study

If you decide to study an elective subject after already starting your degree course, you can write an email from your student email account to the Central Study Office by no later than 15 September (for the winter semester) or 15 March (for the summer semester), detailing your request and stating your enrolment number. The Central Study Office will check the availability and inform you in good time before the start of the semester whether you can study your chosen elective subject.

Deviating Procedures

There is one exception: the registration procedure for studying Crossmedia Journalism as an elective subject, which requires separate proof of prior knowledge. For more information, please visit the website of the University’s radio station mephisto 97.6.

When you enrol, you will be given login information for your student email account. Please use this email address for all electronic communications with teachers and staff. Remember to check your university email account regularly! Information from the University will only ever be sent to this address.

Picking an Elective Subject

You are free to combine any of the elective subjects offered with your own degree subject – with the exception of elective subjects that overlap with what you are already studying. For example, you cannot combine the elective subject British Studies with a bachelor’s degree in British Studies.

Besides elective subjects worth 60 credits, Leipzig University also offers elective subjects worth 30 credits. These are particularly suitable for students whose degree programme only requires them to earn 30 credits in the elective area. However, if your degree programme includes 60 credits in the elective area, you can also combine two elective subjects worth 30 credits each, or one elective subject worth 30 credits and modules worth 30 credits from the freely configurable elective area.

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of the language skills required for an elective subject until you start studying that elective subject.

Elective subject (60 credits)

Eligibility requirements

Further information

Egyptology

None

Schedule
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Ancient Middle Eastern Studies

English (B1) and another modern foreign language (B1)

American Studies

English (B2)

British Studies

English (B2) and another foreign language (A2)

Arabic Studies

English (B2)

Schedule
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Non-European Languages and Cultures

English (B2)

Schedule
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Bohemian Studies (Czech)

None

Contemporary Celtic Languages

English (B2)

German as a Foreign Language

German (C1) and English (B2)

French Studies

French grade on school-leaving certificate, or other knowledge of French, equivalent to B1 level (to be proved by the start of studies)

German Language and Literature (discontinued; from winter semester 2019/20 only offered with 30 credits)

Native language German and knowledge of two foreign languages (B2 and A2); for applicants who are not native German speakers, German C1 and knowledge of another foreign language at B2 (to be proved by the start of studies)

Greek Studies, specialisation in Ancient Greek Philology

None

Greek Studies, specialisation in Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek Studies

None

Spanish Studies

Recommendation: In addition to this elective subject, during the first two semesters students should take one or two Spanish language modules at the Institute of Romance Studies. This does not apply to students whose level of Spanish is at least A2 at the start of their studies.

Auxiliary Sciences of History

Latinum, or alternatively concurrent Latin studies at Leipzig University’s Language Center starting in the second semester at the latest and worth at least 20 credits

Indology, Tibetology and Mongolian Studies

English (B2)

Italian Studies

Recommendation: In addition to this elective subject, during the first two semesters students should take one or two Italian language modules at the Institute of Romance Studies. This does not apply to students whose level of Italian is at least A2 at the start of their studies.

Cultural Studies

None

Portuguese Studies

Recommendation: In addition to this elective subject, during the first two semesters students should take one or two Portuguese language modules at the Institute of Romance Studies. This does not apply to students whose level of Portuguese is at least A2 at the start of their studies.

Musicology

None

Schedule
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Eastern and South Eastern European History

Two modern foreign languages, including one modern foreign language at B2 level and one Eastern European foreign language at B1 level, which can also be acquired while studying

Philosophy

None

Political Science

None

Polish Studies

None

Schedule
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Religious Studies

None

Schedule
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Russian Studies

Russian (A2) or acquisition of Russian knowledge during the first semester

Translation-relevant elective subjects (second B language, i.e. English, French, Spanish, Russian, Catalan or Galician) (60 credits)

Enrolment on either the degree programme BA Translation or BA Intercultural Communication and Translation Czech-German
and successful passing of the aptitude test for the second B language

Elective subject (30 credits)

Eligibility requirements

Further information

Egypt and the Ancient Near East

None

Schedule
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for admission to this elective subject from 2017

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for admission to this elective subject prior to 2017

Non-European Cultures

English (B2)

Schedule
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Basque

None

Educational Sciences: Working in Schools

None

Book Studies

None

Crossmedia Journalism

Proof of work experience in journalism (4 weeks min.)

Schedule
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Ethics

Cannot be combined with the elective subject Philosophy

Galician

None

German Literary Studies

Native German speakers: knowledge of two foreign languages (B2 and A2)

Non-native German speakers: German (C1) and knowledge of another foreign language (B2)

German Linguistics

Native German speakers: knowledge of two foreign languages (B2 and A2)

Non-native German speakers: German (C1) and knowledge of another foreign language  B2)

Society and History in Africa

English (B2)

Auxiliary Sciences of History

Knowledge of Latin (Latinum) desirable

Radio (discontinued after summer semester 2018)

Proof of work experience in journalism (4 weeks min.)

Schedule
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Catalan

None

Communication and Media Studies

None

Musicology

None

Philosophy

Cannot be combined with the elective subject Ethics

Religious Studies

None

Russian Literary Studies and Cultural History

None

Russian Linguistics

Russian B1+

Sociology

None

Schedule
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for admission to this elective subject prior to the summer semester 2019

Schedule
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for admission to this elective subject from the summer semester 2019

Museum Work in Theory and Practice

None

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