B.A. in Economic and Social History

Corporations - Globalization - Mass Consumption: How did modern economies and consumer societies emerge?

Economic and social history sets out to answer this question in a nuanced and comprehensive way utilizing different points of view. This interdisciplinary program, with a historical core, integrates a variety of explanatory approaches from economics, the social sciences, and cultural studies. It provides an understanding of how the present has been shaped by economic and social developments of the past, putting current issues into a wider context.

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, including economics, sociology, political science, legal studies, history, or anthropology. The program traces the basic economic and social processes of the modern era, with a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries.

Lecture courses provide an overview over the transformation from pre-industrial times to the era of industrialization and the emergence of modern societies. Important aspects and specialized topics are dealt with in seminar courses, in which students become familiar with a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches. Please note that a good working knowledge of the German language is necessary. Courses are mostly taught in German.

A more detailed presentation of this subject can be found in the “Degree programmes from A to Z” overview.

Below you find the recommended course of study (however, students are free to take courses in any order they deem appropriate). If you have any questions concerning this overview, and the degree program in general, please do not hesitate to contact our own Student Advisory Service.