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History (B.A.) (2 subjects)

Subject: History (B.A.) (2 subjects)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start of programme: winter semester only
Language of the programme: 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)

Course description
The goal of this programme is education in the following areas:
1. Investigation of historical and political events and backgrounds on the basis of the respective tradition
(study of sources)
2. Knowledge of the central aspects of German, European and worldwide history and culture.
3. Analysis and subject-specific as well as didactic communication of historical information (exhibitions, documentaries, technical lectures, documentaries, teaching)

The subject in Göttingen: research focus
The subject History is embedded in a wide research environment in Göttingen. There are close connections with the neighbouring disciplines of Cultural Anthropology, Political Sciences, and Gender Studies, as well as with Economic and Social History, Regional History, and History of the Sciences. Historians in Göttingen are additionally members of other research establishments; this is why Historical Science in Göttingen has an especially broad methodological and thematic spectrum.

The fields of Social History, Extra-European History, and Eastern European History are obligatorily integrated into the programme as compulsory elements.

Among the Göttingen research foci are
- for the Early Middle Ages: the history of Christian hagiography, women and the sexes, matters relating to communication and media.
- for the High and Late Middle Ages: the social history of European societies from a comparative perspective and the study of intercultural transfer processes and historical relationship systems.
- for Modern Times: research in the areas of environmental, social and legal history, the history of the administration, the sciences, crime, and religion, and Historical Anthropology.
- for the 20th century and contemporary history: political culture during the interwar years, origin and development of totalitarian systems; furthermore, the history of the sciences after National Socialism, history of the generations and Gender Studies.

Programme structure
The first year consists of an introductory and a complementary module; the second year consists of four continuation modules each of which includes a lecture and a tutorial. During the third year, students complete one in-depth module and one theory module, and specialise in certain fields of study. The B.A. thesis is written during the 6th semester.

Language requirements
Good knowledge of English is recommended.

Combinations of subjects
All subjects taught at the Faculty of Humanities can be selected in combination; combinations with subjects taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Gender Studies, Sociology) are also recommended.

The degree B.A. History serves as a qualification to work in the communication of history and culture with regard to historical and political areas and topics, e.g. in cultural institutions or in historico-political education. Together with a subsequent M.A. programme in History, the B.A. is a qualification to work in the areas of research, book publishing, diplomacy, journalism, and culture, as well as in EU institutions, bilateral and development institutions, and cultural and social programmes.