Primarily, we focus on the German language and literature, but also on the English language and aspects of linguistics and comparative cultural studies. In addition, interdisciplinary approaches play an important role – for example in the scope of cooperations with the departments of Biology, History, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, or Vocational Education.
Accordingly, our courses of study range from German Studies (Joint Bachelor, Teaching at Grammar Schools and Teaching at Vocational Schools) to Digital Philology (Bachelor, Joint Bachelor and Master), Applied Linguistics (Master), or Interdisciplinary Discourse Studies (Master).
The seven professorships at the institute cover the topics of German as a second and foreign language, Germanic linguistics and medieval studies, as well as modern German literature – and four of them are associated to the field of digital philology.
Current research topics at the institute are: corpus and computational linguistics, (digital) literature and cultural studies, digitization of cultural heritage, discourse linguistics, edition philology, research infrastructures, knowledge and science communication.