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The young Master's programme in Comparative Literature (founded in winter semester 2018/19) deals with European and non-European literatures, which are analysed comparatively from a synchronic and diachronic perspective. Conceptually, the Cologne programme is characterised by the participation of nine subjects of the Faculty of Humanities, a range of 18 languages that can be studied and a historical span from antiquity to the present. 

The extraordinary subject and language diversity of the Faculty of Humanities enables you to go beyond the work within the "major" philologies (English, German, Romanic Studies) and also get to know less frequently studied subjects. The broad range of languages, literatures, cultures and research traditions is complemented by theory-based reflection on literary texts and their transnational networking processes. 

In the main modules, the Master's programme combines studies on basic comparative concepts such as "literary theory", "world literature" and "mediality" with a deliberate emphasis on philological practice beyond disciplinary boundaries. While the advanced modules aim at acquiring and deepening foreign language skills, the supplementary modules offer insights into professional practice (participation in conferences and cultural events, arranging internships) or the opportunity to additionally deepen language skills.

In teaching, the degree programme is characterised by a particularly good supervision ratio as well as the close interweaving of theory and practice through the integration of numerous cultural and professionally oriented events.

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