FAQ concerning the BA in English

What is the BA-Studienfach Englisch about?

The BA-Studienfach Englisch deals with the diverse forms of the English language, English literatures and cultures. These contents are approached and organised in terms of the following academic emphases:

These emphases are complemented by courses on civilisation.

What are the aims and objectives of the BA English?

For detailed information concerning the BA curriculum see Wegleitung BA Englisch auslaufend or Sample Study Plan BA Englisch ab 2013 [PDF (16 KB)] and Wegleitung BA Englisch ab 2013.

When can I start the BA in English?

The BA English starts in the autumn term. Candidates who wish to study English have to apply online for admission. The registration deadline for each autumn term is 30 April. For further information please contact the university's Student Administration Office (Studiensekretariat).

How long does it take to study English at the BA level?

The BA is conceived as a three-year course of full time study. It may, however, be taken part time; this results in prolonged studies. For further information see Ordnung der Philosophisch-Historischen Fakultät für das Bachelorstudium §10 [PDF (84 KB)].

With what other BA subjects can the BA English be combined?

In general, the BA English can be combined with any other BA subject offered by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Basel. For more detailed information and exceptions see Ordnung der Philosophisch-Historischen Fakultät für das Bachelorstudium §6-8 [PDF (84 KB)].

Can I study English as a Haupt- or Nebenfach?

Within the BA system there is no distinction between Haupt- or Nebenfach. English can only be studied as one Studienfach in conjunction with a second Studienfach within the overall BA structure of the Faculty of Arts.

What exams do I have to pass for the BA English?

To find out more about the departmental exams and other forms of assessment click >here<.
The final Bachelor exam is outlined in Ordnung der Philosophisch-Historischen Fakultät für das Bachelorstudium §21-23 [PDF (84 KB)].

How is the BA programme in English structured?

To find out more about the BA setup see Wegleitung BA Englisch auslaufend, Section 4 or Wegleitung BA Englisch ab 2013 [PDF (16 KB)].

Where can I find information about the courses that are offered?

The courses are described in the Vorlesungsverzeichnis.

What course formats do the BA modules consist of?

See course formats.

How do I enrol for courses?

Freshers have to enrol for courses on the notice boards in the department and in MOnA. All others have to register in MOnA and, if so indicated in the course description, also on other platforms (e.g. OLAT), by e-mail to the instructor or department secretary or on lists posted on the department's notice board (2nd floor, rear building).

Do I need Latin for the BA?

Latin is no longer required for the BA.

I study at another institution (e.g., Hochschule für Musik). Can I integrate a BA English into my study programme?

For combinations with a subject from outside the Faculty of Arts please ask at the Dekanat Phil.1.

C2 equivalence

On successful completion of the BA in English at Basel University, a graduate’s English language skills are at the European Language Portfolio C2 level. Students applying for teacher training may attach this Statement of Language Proficiency [PDF (83 KB)] to their application at the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW) or similar institutions.