History and Profile of the Programme


The Departmen of German Literature and Linguistics at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of  Marmara University was founded in 1984. The first students were enrolled in 1992. Since 2005, the Department of  German Literature and Linguistics signed an agreement for double degree diplomas and subsidiary subjects with several departments such as the Turkish Literature and Linguistics, History and Translation and Interpreting (German) Departments at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Our department is also an active member of LLP/Erasmus Exchange Program since 2004.


Profile of the Programme

The bachelor's program for German Literature and Linguistics will last at least four years. Students will be highly provided with linguistic and literary knowledge. The curriculum consists of compulsory and elective courses. The elective courses are left to students’ option. These can be interdisciplinary courses or courses which will expand the students capacities and skills and are offered in their third and fourth year of study. A graduation thesis is not required for the bachelor's degree. 

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to pursue international scholarship programs through Erasmus Student Network. ‘Very successful students’ with a GPA of higher than 3.00 are offered the chance to get a second diploma or certificate in Turkish Philology, History and Translation (German-Turkish). 

The academic staff consists of four professors, three research assistants, and two retired professors who still teach at our department.


Training Area and Equipment

Apart from basic lessons in literature and linguistics, subjects such as arts are trained to relate to the historical culture in order to explain how the German language has taken its course in its historical development.
Language is handled with different forms of use over time and with worldviews behind them. Thus, seeing the developments that a language shows in its own culture in many ways, will also shed light on its literary development. In this context, comprehensive, language history lessons that are meticulously carried out in our department are of great importance.
Apart from the history of language and literature, other auxiliary disciplines such as history, philosophy or sociology are also studied with the help of elective courses.


History of Thought
European Art
Our courses like World Theater History support our courses in the field of literature and contribute to the equipments of our students.


In the field of linguistics, the courses belonging to the lower branch are both elective courses and compulsory courses. Some of those;

  • Psychology (Compulsory)
  • Sociolinguistics (Compulsory)
  • Text Studies (Elective)

In the present, there are also various translation courses within the scope of compulsory and elective courses.

Working area

Our graduates are able to work in many areas primarily through the training provided by them and the subsidiary and / or double major programs carried out in recent years, on the basis of serving faculties of science and arts to educate academicians. Some of the areas they can work outside of academics are;
Literary Criticism
Service sector, Tourism
Various units of German companies
Various units of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture
Various units of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Various European Union Units
Translation projects
Language expertise in courts (Expertise)
Airline companies
Outside service agents
Various units of embassies
Various cultural institutes associated with the German or German language
Teaching under special contracts in private colleges
In the case of training in the form of a minor branch - double major, German Teacher Training,
German Language Teaching at Universities,
Expertise in various institutions and organizations such as DAAD (German Academic Exchange Student Service)
The department receives students for master's and doctoral programs in the direction of the number of quotas determined each year. As of 2011, there was an intense demand for our graduate program and students were accepted to the quota. Based on an education based on the principles of quality, contemporary and tolerance, we will be delighted to provide our students with a comprehensive and high standard of education.

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