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The Institute for English and American Studies hosts four professorships (English Language and Linguistics, English Literature(s), British and American Social/Cultural Studies, and American Studies) along with the practical language programme. The department offers a BA English and American Studies degree programme complete with a mandatory semester abroad and an MA English and American Studies degree programme offering a wide array of specialisations. Most courses in the BA programme and all courses in the MA programme are taught in English. Research and teaching focus on the fields of English as a Global Language, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Postcolonial Studies, American Popular Culture, and National Identity and Nationalism in Britain and the US. Our alumni are well qualified for the modern job market, particularly in the fields of adult education, publishing, media and journalism, and international organizations.

Institute for English and American Studies
How has contemporary Europe become what it is today and what are its prospects for the future? In what different ways has Europe been conceptualized? Why might Chemnitz have more in common with Lyon, Lódz or Manchester than with Leipzig or Berlin? The four professorships and one junior professorship at the Institute for European History at TU Chemnitz address these questions among others in the context of different time periods and regions. The BA and MA programmes offer insight into the formation of the idea of Europe back to antiquity and the interrelation of regions, nation states, and European integration, as well as the interdependent paths of migration, consumption, industrialization, social movements, and political history ranging from democracy to dictatorship. Based on the understanding that history is as much concerned with the present as it is with the past, historical culture and historical praxis are two essential components of the study of European history. Our alumni are well qualified for the modern job market, trained not only for traditional positions as historians in museums and archives, but also for posts in the media and national and European institutions.

Institute for European History
The Institute for European Studies (IES) is a research and teaching center at TU Chemnitz devoted to the study of European institutions and cultural and social phenomena in Europe and European regions. The transdisciplinary nature of the department provides a geographical link between the Western and Eastern European regions and a stimulating environment for cooperation between different academic approaches and methods. At the department specialists in geography, history, cultural studies, political sciences, and law work closely together on a versatile set of topics in the field of European studies.

Institute of European Studies
How does the German language work and how has it developed? What evidence does German and European literature provide regarding questions about our place in the world and the contemporary questions that concern us? How do society, culture, and science interrelate and depend on each other? How do we communicate with spoken words, written text, and nonverbal gestures in the context of our community and with members of other communities? These and many other questions are addressed in research and teaching at the Institute for German and Communication Studies. The department hosts four professorships in the fields of German Language and Literature Studies, Medival and Early Modern German, Modern German and Comparative Literature Studies, German Linguistics, and German as a Foreign/Second Language. The insitute is complemented by a professorship for intercultural communication and a junior professorship for intercultural training with a focus on experiencing diversity and international relations, both of which are engaged in the research of cultural diversity as well as in the social and cultural dimensions of issues raised by increasing mobility, transnational actions and global digital spaces. The BA and MA programmes in German and Intercultural Communication combine a solid scientific qualification with a broad array of options to accommodate students’ individual preferences and specialisation. Our alumni are qualified for an academic career and for many regional, national and international positions in the private sector and public institutions.

Institute for German and Communication Studies
The Institute for Media Studies hosts four professorships for Media Competence, Media Use, E-Learning and New Media, and Visual Communication and offers a BA programme in Media Communication along with two MA programmes in Digital Media and Communication Cultures and Instructional Psychology. Teaching in the department is transdisciplinary and organized in modules. Course content comes from the fields of media and communication theory, media psychology, media semiotics, and multimedia and interactive learning. Training in quantitative and qualitative research methods enables a broad approach to research questions in the fields of new media communication, media use, and theories of multimedial learning. Our alumni are well qualified for occupations in public relations, market and media research, and scientific careers.

Institute for Media Studies
The Institute for Education offers a BA programme in Education and an MA programme in Education with a focus on Learning Cultures. The department hosts five professorships (General Education Studies, Education Studies and Education Research, Adult Education, Professional Education and Economics, and Intercultural Education Studies) and addresses research questions in education and learning in diverse contexts with a variety of target groups. Our alumni are qualified for the national and international job market in public and private school systems, educational research at academic institutions, and vocational training in the private sector.

Institute for Education
The Department of Political Science hosts four professorships: Political Theory and the History of Ideas, Political Systems, International Politics, Comparative European Government and Political Science Research Methods. The Department for Political Science at TU Chemnitz offers qualifications focused on research and practice in BA and MA programmes. Both programmes offer a broad spectrum of teaching aimed at providing solid foundations for personal careers and competence in research, professional flexibility, and strong methodical and analytical skills.

Institute for Political Science