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Impressionen aus dem Fachbereich Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften. Fotos: Universität Osnabrück/Michael Münch/Manfred Pollert, Elena Scholz

School of Language and Literary Studies

Gebäude Fachbereich Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften

Dean's Office

Neuer Graben 40
49069 Osnabrück
Telefon: 0541 / 969-
-4116 (Fr. Terborg)
-4194 (Fr. Heuer)
-4195 (Fr. Schneiker)
Telefax: +49 541 969-4256


The specific profile of the School of Language and Literary Studies is shaped by the combination of comprehensive Language and Literary Studies with classical Latin philology and by the modern languages of English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. One of the joint elements of teaching that define its profile is Teacher Education and the participation of all departments in the polyvalent Dual Major Bachelor’s Degree and Teacher Education degree programs. The departments are committed to the University’s core objective of promoting research-based Teacher Education, which they see as a task to be tackled throughout the University by all departments. This commitment is illustrated not only by the projects realized in the departments, but above all by their involvement in the Center for Teacher Education (German), which aims to ensure a fair balance between scientific disciplines and didactics.

Outside the University, the School has numerous relationships with facilities within the City of Osnabrück and the rural district. For example, members of the School’s teaching staff play an active role in teacher education and training; projects are carried out with many local schools in which pupils and teachers are introduced to and involved in university life and the departments of the School of Language and Literary Studies.

In addition, there is close collaboration with the Center for Information Management and Virtual Teaching (virtUOS), particularly when it comes to testing eLearning offerings and innovative multimedia products. In collaboration with the Professional Skills Development Office, the School is a pioneer in implementing the 4 Steps+ model (German).

However, the challenges tackled by the Institutes are not limited to the profile element of Teacher Education, School and Teaching alone. Disciplinary discourse is held in the Master’s programs of English and American Studies, German, and Romance Studies/Two Languages, amongst others. The two Master’s programs in European Literature and Culture and Language in Europe have a highly interdisciplinary approach.

The School has a vast array of interdisciplinary and institutional relationships. For instance, there are close connections in teaching and research with the Research Centers "Center for Early Childhood Development and Education Research (CEDER)", Institute of Early Modern Intercultural Studies (IKFN)" and "Institute of Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS)", the Institute of Cognitive Science (IKW), the European Legal Studies Institute (ELSI),  the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Studies and the Costa Rica Center.

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