The Institute of German and Dutch Languages and Literatures is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Germany. It features an approach to the study of German and Dutch language and literature with pronounced philological and aesthetic components.
German Language and Literature encompasses three fields: linguistics, modern German literature, and medieval German literature and language. The Medieval and Early Modern German Literature research unit works on the scholarly exploration and study of the period from about 1400 to 1750.
There are several other areas of study that may be taken as additional qualifications for students as part of their studies in different fields of study: teaching of the German language and literature, German as a second language, editorial studies, and speech training.
In addition to the Dutch language and culture, scholars working in Dutch Language and Literature also focus on the literature of the Netherlands and Belgium.
The Institute’s involvement in the Languages of Emotion Cluster of Excellence and in the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies attests to the strength of the research performed here, as do the large number of third-party funded research projects.