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Economic and Social History (BA) (2-subjects)

Corporations - Globalization - Mass Consumption: How did modern economies and consumer societies emerge? Such questions are investigated at the Institute for Economic and Social History. This interdisciplinary program, with a historical core, uses a wide variety of explanatory approaches from economics, history and the social sciences. The B.A. degree program in Economics and Social History is the only one of its kind on offer nationwide and can be combined with a variety of other subjects.

Subject: Economic and Social History
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA) (2-subjects)
Standard period of study: 6 semester
Enrolment: Winter semester only
Language of the program: German

Admission to the winter semester 2018/19:

  • 1st subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): open admission (application to International Student Services)

Economic and Social History analyses, how the present is shaped by economic and social developments of the past. The program provides an overview over the basic economic and social proceeses of the modern era, with a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. It traces the transformation from the age of mercantilism to the era of industrialization and the emergence of modern societies.

Special attention is given to business history, the history of consumption and the history of globalization. In its methodological and thematic approach, economic and social history provides an interface between history, economics and the social sciences. Therefore, interdisciplinary courses are a core element of the BA program.

Organization of Study Program
The program is characterized by a modular structure. Credits are assigned for the completion of interrelated courses. The total amount of credits in each case is based on the required amount of hours for class preparation, classroom participation and course assignments. Requirements are specified in the catalogue of modules (which provides an overview about optional, electives, and required courses).

Language Skills
A good working knowledge of the German language is necessary. Courses are mostly taught in German.

Combination of Subjects
Economic and Social History can be combined with related degree programs in economics, history, social sciences or cultural studies is recommended. Other combinations, for example with a cultural studies programs are possible, depending on individual interests.

Career Opportunities
The program offers a great variety of job opportunities for graduates. These include careers in publishing, in archives and museums. The master's degree also qualifies for careers in public management, business journalism, public relations, consulting or marketing.
The BA degree already integrates practical knowledge through an optional internship program and other forms of cooperation with companies, archives, museums, foundations and research institutions.

Application Procedure
Enrolment is possible for the winter semester only. Applications will be accepted from June 1st to July 15th. The online-application procedure is mandatory.
For further information about the program and its requirements visit the website of the Institute of Economic and Social History-->