Students can choose from a wide variety of subjects, including Indo-European linguistics, Finno-Ugric studies, classic philology, English and American studies, Slavic, Romance and Italian philology, Nordic studies, and comparative literature. In addition, the faculty is home to one of the largest institutes of German studies in the world. The faculty houses the Center for Language and Literature Studies: Language – Text – Culture in conjunction with LMUinnovativ and is lead coordinator of the Collaborative Research Center funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) Pluralization and Authority in the Early Modern Period, the DFG Research Unit Origins of Modernity, the International Doctorate Program Textuality in the Pre-Modern Period as part of the Elite Network of Bavaria, and a structured graduate program (formerly the international doctoral programs ProLit and LIPP). It also works closely with the private sector on the integration of linguistics with information technology and on joint e-learning projects with partners worldwide.
Research- and practice-oriented subjects, such as German as a foreign language, book studies, and media didactics, strategically prepare students for a broad and rich professional life in a society in which cross-cultural communication skills are among the most important qualifications.