Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prospective Students - BA Englisch, BA Amerikanistik


Welcome to our web pages! If you are interested in studying a degree course offered by our department, you are in the right place! Please browse our web pages to find relevant information.


If you are not sure whether a BA Englisch or Amerikanistik is the right degree for you, think about the following questions:

  1. Do you like languages, their sounds, structures, grammar, words and idioms? (Definitely a plus!)
  2. Are you interested in foreign cultures? Are you curious? Do you want to know how it might feel not to be German (or whatever your own culture is)? (Also a plus!)
  3. Do you like reading a lot? (You have to! There is a whole lot of reading in our courses! And, yes, it is almost all in English!)
  4. Do you like abstract thinking? Do you like to ponder the most absurd theories? Do you like to theorize yourself? (A plus! That's what we do all the time!)
  5. Do you like to talk about books (or films, paintings, essays, for that matter) and analyze them, describe them, find out how they are structured, think about what they do to the reader? (You will have to! That's our business!)
  6. Do you like watching English/American movies? (It helps, but it is not enough!)
  7. Was English a good and easy subject in school for you? (It helps, but it is not enough!)
  8. Do you like to talk English and travel to the Grand Canyon? (It helps, but it is not enough!)
  9. Do you think there is only one kind of truth in the world? (Definitely a minus! You will be annoyed by us!)
  10. Do you think everything should be logical and plain? (A minus! Cultures are not logical!)
  11. Do you want to know exactly what your profession will be, later on? (A minus! Very unlikely in our field!)
  12. Do you want to earn lots of money? (Maybe you should rethink your choice of subject. This is usually not the fast track to affluence.)


If you passed this test, you might actually join us! We will be happy to get to know you and to welcome you to the department!