Dear Students:

Welcome and welcome back to the University of Münster’s English Department!

In our respective functions as head of department, director of academic affairs, and student representatives, we draw your attention to the amendment to the Coronavirus Epidemic Higher Education Regulations (German: CEHVO), which holds that "For courses in which attendance is normally compulsory, the CEHVO stipulates that the suspension of mandatory attendance rules remains in place. This amendment has been extended by the university administration to the entire winter term 2022/23. This means that for as long as the CEHVO is in place, attendance is not required in any of the courses we offer.

We still hope, however, that students will attend classes regularly for their own good. Our language classes, in particular, are designed as inspiring and effective learning environments that focus on students' participation and contribution.

For many pedagogical reasons, coming to class makes a difference.

So: if you can, please come to class; and if you can’t, please be in touch
with your lecturers about your learning progress.

Kind regards,

Silvia Schultermandl
Anna Rapp
Fachschaft

English Studies in Münster

  • What is literature? Which forms and functions has it assumed in the English-speaking world since the Middle Ages? How does Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” reflect the history of colonialism and racism?
  • How does language work? What are the differences and similarities between the world’s Englishes? What can “Mutiny on the Bounty” tell us about language development?

  • How does one teach English language, literature, and culture in different classrooms? What are sensible ways of assessing learning progress? Why is there little point to learning vocabulary lists by heart?

These are some of the questions addressed by the English Department in both research and teaching. In various Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, you can study the languages, literatures, and cultures of the old and new Anglophone worlds as well as theories and methods of teaching these topics. Next to the ‘basics’ of English studies and linguistic analytical methods of the English language and its varieties, we offer a profound course of studies in recent literary and cultural theory, as well as in approaches and methods from fields like African American studies, Postcolonial studies, Book studies, Transnational studies, Diaspora studies, or Gender studies. Our classes are both, research-led as well as practice-orientated. Our degrees will prepare you for a wide range of careers, in education, research, and the private sector.
A high degree of English language proficiency is essential for studying at the English Department. All our courses are taught in English, all assignments are written in English. Ongoing practice in spoken and written English ensures our graduates’ excellent language competence.
Have a look at the list of degrees offered by the English Department.

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