In addition to their core subject and key qualifications, students enrolled on bachelor’s programmes in the humanities and social sciences (BA) as well as the BSc in Digital Humanities are required to choose an elective area. Depending on the degree programme, this usually accounts for 30 or 60 of the 180 credits to be earned in total.

Programme structure: Elective area in the humanities and social sciences
Programme structure: Elective area in the humanities and social sciences

Depending on your individual interests, there are different ways to organise your elective modules:

Freely Configurable Elective Area

If your degree programme provides for the elective area in the humanities and social sciences, you will automatically be registered for the freely configurable elective area. That way, at the beginning of each semester you are free to choose modules from a range of around 40 subject areas. Organising your elective credits in this way means that you do not commit to a specific elective subject from the outset, but can instead concentrate on different subjects as you progress through your studies. Details of elective area courses are published each semester in the course catalogue.

With some subjects, it is possible to study additional modules from your own core subject as part of the freely configurable elective area and have these credited in the elective area. This is a way of broadening and enhancing the core subject.

Modules studied abroad can be credited in the elective area. This also applies to students transferring to Leipzig from another German university.

The following table lists the subject areas that can be taken in the freely configurable elective area.

African Studies

 

Indology, Tibetology and Mongolian Studies

Political Science

Egyptology

Computer Sciences, Digital Humanities

Religious Studies

Ancient Middle Eastern Studies

Japanology*

Romance Studies, French Studies

American Studies

Communication and Media Studies

Romance Studies, Spanish Studies

British Studies

Cultural Studies

Romance Studies, Italian Studies

Arabic Studies

Art History

Romance Studies, Portuguese Studies

Archaeology of the Ancient World

Linguistics

Chinese Studies

German as a Foreign Language

Minority Languages

Sorbian Studies

Anthropology

Musicology

Sociology

German Language & Literature

Modern Greek Studies

South Slavonic Studies

History

Onomastics

Theatre Studies

History and Theology of Christianity

East Slavonic Studies

Translation

Ancient Greek Philology/Byzantine Studies

Philosophy

 West Slavonic Studies

* In the case of Japanology, only one module worth 10 credits is available.

Elective Subject

The second option for organising the elective area is suitable for those students who know from the outset that they want all of their elective modules to focus exclusively on a specific subject area. In this case, you can register for an elective subject.

If you successfully register for an elective subject, you will be guaranteed places in the modules belonging to that elective subject each semester. This usually corresponds to one module per semester. A separate schedule containing details of recommended modules exists for each of the elective subjects. Places are limited in elective subjects. Please also note that admission to some elective subjects is subject to language requirements.

Some elective subjects are offered with a total of 30 credit points, making it possible to combine two elective subjects or one elective subject with modules from the freely configurable elective area. Registration for a fixed elective subject usually takes place at the start of your studies.

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 (from the winter semester 2020/21)

None

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 (from the winter semester 2020/21)

None

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 (from the winter semester 2020/21)

None

Cultural Studies

None

Portuguese Studies (from the winter semester 2020/21)

None

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

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

If, during your studies, you change your mind and decide that you would like to focus on a different elective area, you can switch to the freely configurable elective area and apply to have any elective modules already completed recognised.

Erklärvideo Zehn Mythen zum Wahlbereich der Universität Leipzig
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Ten myths about the elective area at Leipzig University

Ten myths about the elective area at Leipzig University

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