Interdisciplinary Indian Studies (B.A.)

Description of the degree programme
The German language Bachelor Programme „Interdisciplinary Indian Studies“ provides profound knowledge relating to the geography, history and institutions of India which is required for further a qualification in a master programme and the start into a professional career. You gain a solid background of the subject and the ability to apply basic scientific methods and results.

The majority of the coursework in the Bachelor Programme „Interdisciplinary Indian Studies“ will be focused on modern India.

You actively gain competence in central issues of the subject and learn how to develop new scientific perspectives in the interdisciplinary field of Indian studies. You learn to apply scientific methods and research results.

The main content focuses on
Besides knowledge in the field of Interdisciplinary Indian Studies, you gain in-depth knowledge in up to two of five study foci:

  • State and Democracy
  • Indian Economic Development
  • Modern Indian History
  • Religions in modern India
  • Culture and Society of modern India

Furthermore, you choose other interdisciplinary courses.

Degree programme structure

Areas of competency outside the main subject
In addition to the specialised study of interdisciplinary Indian studies, a second subject has to be studied outside the main area of competency. Here, you complete a module package in a subject of your choice: (from “A” for agricultural sciences and “E” for economics to “I” for indology).

Area of professionalisation
The area of professionalisation consists of the optional area and the key competencies.

Optional area
The bachelor's degree programme imparts core competencies beyond subject-specific facts to give students a successful start to a professional career (application-oriented profile) or for admission to a Master's degree programme (science-oriented profile).

Area of key competencies
University graduates must live up to high professional standards when seeking gainful employment. Alongside sound knowledge in their scientific or academic field, university graduates should possess cross-disciplinary qualifications relating to their chosen profession (key competencies): These key competencies form the cornerstone of a goal-oriented curriculum and lay the foundation for sustainable success in a working career.
Students can acquire key competences through internships, by taking meaningful, additionally qualifying courses adapted to their individual education profile or by directly engaging in professionally relevant coursework.
The key competencies can be selected from the catalogue of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the module handbook of the University of Göttingen.

Professional fields
Students build up their regional knowledge and competence in grasping the central problems of the subject, and independently work out solutions to these problems in the field of interdisciplinary Indian studies. They learn to apply the scientific methods and facts in this special field. These qualifications - depending on the combination of subjects selected - enable entry into various professional fields, including:
• Indian and transnational companies
• Associations
• Government departments and agencies
• Non-governmental organisations
• Tourism
• Development cooperation
• Media and communication

More information about the degree programme
Admission: Admission to the bachelor's degree programme in Interdisciplinary Indian Studies is not limited. You can enrol online from 1st August onwards.
Language: German
Knowledge in other languages: Very good proficiency of English is required for successful studies, since many relevant texts are in English and some of the optional courses will be held in English, as well. It is highly recommended to learn a modern Indian language during the studies (e.g. Hindi, Bengali, or Tamil), it is optional for the study focus "State and Democracy" and for the study focus "Indian Economic Development".