Book Studies (B.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Bachelor of Arts (Two-subject Bachelor)

Standard period of studies:

6 semesters


Winter and summer semester
Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2
Required course for the Assessment Test (Feststellungsprüfung): S/G- or G-Course. To find out if you are required to take the Assessment Test, check your Certificate of Recognition.

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Please keep in mind that you need a certification of recognition for all foreign certificates. The recognition process takes up to six weeks and the certificate must be included in your application.

Winter semester: June 1 - September 1

Summer semester: December 1 - March 1

If you combine a Two-subject Bachelor whose admission is open with one whose is restricted, the deadlines are:

Winter semester: June 1 - July 15

Summer semester: December 1 - January 15


Book Studies (M.A.)


Department of Book Studies


Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The Bachelor's degree program in Book Studies comprises modules from the core areas of contemporary and historical research issues relating to book studies, especially in the areas of production, distribution, and reception of books. Here, the complex problems connected with the structure of the book trade and the mechanisms of the book market, as well as the intellectual and economic processes affecting the book as a cultural and economic item, are analyzed.

Focus is placed on the media-related changes which influence the place of the book in the market as well as in society, both in the past and present. The study of social and cultural changes of media-specific issues leads to the analysis of research questions in Book Studies in the wider context of economic, intellectual, literary, art and media history.

The required interdisciplinary approach is supplemented by modules with courses on media law and media economics from departments 03 (Law and Economics) and 02 (Social Sciences, Media, Sport) and by the possibility to choose a complementary subject from the humanities, media studies, culture studies, and social sciences at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

The various course programs ensure that, beyond the course-specific goals, important key skills will be attained which can also be applied in other scientific and practical careers.

In the major field, the modules of the first two semesters cover the introductory phase, in which the students are made familiar with basic problems, the most important issues, and the specific terminology of book studies. Furthermore, students are acquainted with the methods and theories of book studies and provided with information on potential professions, so that they can plan their careers as early as possible.

The modules of the advanced phase in the third and fourth semesters cover specific issues in book studies which on the one hand develop the skills attained in the introductory phase, and on the other hand begin to discuss media aspects of the book.

The modules of the intensive phase concentrate more intensively on media contexts of the book in critical discussion. Moreover, the role of the book is discussed in its cultural context.

The required practical module, to be completed by the end of the 5th semester at the latest, ensures solid knowledge about possible careers and, at the same time, trains students in relevant practical skills.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).