Faculty of Modern LanguagesSpanish/Romance Studies – Bachelor 50%

Prospective Student Information Day at Heidelberg University – 17. November 2021

This year, the prospective student information day will consist in a mix of on-campus lectures, online presentations, videos, and podcasts. Learn more about the degree programmes available at Heidelberg University, gain insight into the diverse subjects on offer, and pick up all the important information you need about studying at Heidelberg.
Prospective Student Information Day at Heidelberg University

Romance studies considers Romance languages, literature and cultures. The focus in Spanish is on the Spanish-speaking world. 

Admission Procedure Winter Semester 2019/20

Dates for the admission procedure for the winter semester 2019/20 (subject to change)
Current Dates

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and Spanish
Fees and contributions171.80 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with entrance examination procedure
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Teaching degree optionYes
Part-time optionYes

Course Content

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Spanish 50% encompasses the following areas: 

Literary studies: 

  • literary history of Spain from the Middle Ages to the present day (genres, movements) 
  • literary history of Latin America from the colonial period to the present day (genres, movements) 
  • theories and methodologies in literary studies 
  • interaction between national literatures 
  • interaction between literature and other cultural systems (e.g. philosophy, theology, film, music) 
  • situating literature within society and culture 

Linguistics: 

The content of courses in Spanish linguistics focusses primarily on the following areas: 

  • development, history and spread of the Spanish language in Europe and Latin America 
  • analysis of the Spanish language system (vocabulary, word formation, grammar, phonetics, dimensions of meaning) 
  • investigation of the Spanish language via speech, text and discourse analysis 
  • linguistic theories and methods 
  • linguistic variation and varieties of Spanish 

Cultural studies: 

  • analysis of cultural phenomena in the Spanish and Hispanic world; from artistic expression (e.g. film) to popular culture (e.g. fashion), both in the past and in the present day 
  • analysis of public discourse and its presentation in the media 
  • analysis of the relationships between culture and power (e.g cultural heritage, mass media) 
  • theories and methods of cultural analysis (e.g. performance, construction of space) and comparative cultural analysis (e.g. intercultural and transcultural approaches) 
  • interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches 
  • decolonisation theories 

Language practice: 

Spanish language courses are designed to enable students to 

  • speak and write correctly and fluently 
  • understand complex contemporary texts (novels, newspapers, academic texts etc.), 
  • films, radio and television programmes, song lyrics etc. 
  • reflect on and discuss, both orally and in writing, aspects of the Spanish-speaking world, literary works and 
  • linguistic phenomena. 
  • master and make accurate and differentiated use of grammatical structures, 
  • in particular in the area of Spanish syntax 
  • recognise and distinguish between different registers (formal, informal, official 
  • Spanish) 
  • translate texts of all types into Spanish (i.e. literary, academic, journalistic texts)

Course Structure

A description of the period of study can be found in the module handbook for the degree programme.