Economics (BA) (two subjects)
Can be combined with more than 30 subjects: Studies in Economics as part of the two-subject bachelor degree programme can be individually combined with a second subject at Göttingen. This degree programme offers comprehensive training in the methodical basics of Economics and the possibility to create your own study profile. The focus of Economics at Göttingen is in the direction of international economic relations. A master's degree for example in International Economics or Development Economics can be completed afterwards.
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2 subjects)
- Standard period of study:
- 6 semesters
- Only the winter semester
- Language of the programme:
- restricted admission (application to the University)
- Orientation events:
- Orientation events are offered
- A pre-course is offered
The internationalization of the economy and the transnational fragmentation of the value-added chain lead to an increasing interconnection between companies. This raises the demand for qualified graduates who are able to think and act globally. A sound knowledge of the integration of national economies, the decision making-process in households and firms and the complex nature of the globalization process is a necessary prerequisite for a successful career entry in many professional fields. The B.A. degree offers also the possibility to apply for a master programme with the main focus on the internationalization of the economy.
The main objective of this degree programme is to gain solid expertise and, on the other hand, to apply basic quantitative methods to current economic problems. Besides solid knowledge in economics students will acquire further knowledge in related fields by choosing from a variety of courses offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics.
In order to reach the aims of the study programme, the theoretical foundations of economics are linked with empirical methods to analyse current economic problems developed and less developed countries are facing today. That way, students will acquire academic qualifications as well as professional capacities. The study programme is focused on the imparting of current developments in economic theory and on the imparting of modern professional skills.
During the first week of the summer and winter semesters, you will be supervised by older students, the WiWi-O-Phase tutors. In addition to the first lectures, you will get to know important learning management and examination administration systems as well as examination and study regulations of the degree programmes. You will learn how to do your semester schedule and you can even talk to the professors of the faculty at the professors' breakfast. You will get to know each other at city rallies and pub evenings. Even before lectures begin, you can (voluntarily) take part in the maths pre-course (MVK), in which selected content from school mathematics is repeated and preparation is made for the mathematics module in the 1st semester. The student council of the Faculty of Business and Economics organizes the "social events programme" during the maths pre-course with pub nights as well as campus and city tours.
During the Corona pandemic, the students of the WiWi-O-Phase and the student council of the Faculty of Business and Economics organized digital or "hybrid" orientation weeks with a virtual tandem programme, digital games and get-to-know-you evenings, but also with meetings in small groups on campus as well as city and campus tours in small groups on site in Göttingen.
As a 2-subject Bachelor student, you always start in the winter semester. Especially for all 2-subject bachelor students, the departmental student advisory service offers a so-called "crossover day" for first-year students before the start of lectures. There you will receive information about the programme structure (when to take which modules) and can get to know fellow students who are studying the same subject combination as you. You will be personally invited to the crossover day by e-mail.
Studies in economics as part of the two-subject bachelor can be individually combined with one of more than 30 major subjects, except for those forming part of a teacher education programme. Recommended supplementary subjects particularly include the fields of social sciences, linguistics and cultural studies, for example: Sociology, Political Science, Law, East Asian Studies or Economic and Social History.
Students who wish to study economics in a two-subject bachelor programme should have good knowledge in mathematics and English. International students should also have good knowledge in German. The faculty offers a preliminary maths course for first-year students every semester before lectures begin. In this course, the content of (German) school mathematics is repeated and the students are prepared for the lecture "Mathematics" in the first semester. Participation in the module "Mathematics" is voluntary for 2-subject Bachelor students, but highly recommended.
Graduates have entry into a variety of professional fields. During their studies graduates have acquired knowledge and key competences that are the foundations for a successful career in companies, associations, public chambers and organizations. Potential career opportunities are for example:
- Specialist for international trade problems in industrial enterprises, banks, insurance companies or consulting firms
- Specialist with knowledge and experience in the empirical economic research for associations or big enterprises
- Specialist for micro- and macroeconomic problems of the financial sector in banks, insurance companies, industrial enterprises or associations.
Get to know the different professional fields of our graduates in the alumni portraits (in German).
If students have taken a second subject in the fields of cultural or social sciences, career opportunities in governmental or non-governmental international organizations are open to them. Beyond that, successful graduates have the possibility to continue with consecutive master's programmes in International Economics (German/English skills required), in Development Economics (English-language programme), in History of Global Markets and in Applied Statistics (both programmes require German and English skills).
Related and consecutive/graduate programmes
The course is finished when a total of 180 credits have been earned. These credits have to be acquired in the following fields:
- Economics (66 credits)
- Second subject (66 credits)
- Professional skills/ studies = 18 credits in key competencies + 18 optional credits
- Bachelor's thesis (12 credits)
There are only four compulsory modules in the subject of economics: Microeconomics I and II (budget theory, business theory and market theory including various market forms, analysis of strategic behaviour), Macroeconomics I and II (macroeconomic interdependencies, foreign economic impacts on macroeconomic targets). These compulsory modules form the subject-related and methodological basis for a specialization within the bachelor's programme in economics.
Depending on the student's area of interest, the second major subject and the desired profiles built can thereby be aligned into an individualized curriculum. Two profiles can be selected for an economics major: For the specialised profile, further modules can be selected from the field of economics. Students who select this profile can follow-up with a master's degree programme in economics.
In terms of their job-related profile, students can acquire skills and knowledge that prepare them for entry into a career directly after earning their bachelor degree. This profile offers fundamental modules from the field of business administration and business information systems, such as accounting, bookkeeping and information systems. More detailed information about the structure of the bachelor's programme you will find on the according websites of the Faculty of Business and Economics.
- Winter semester only
- 1st subject semester:
- restricted admission (application to the University)
- 2nd to 6th subject semester:
- open admission (enrolment without previous application)
Study Economics in Göttingen
Business Administration, Economics, Business and Human Resource Education, Business Information Systems und Economics in combination with a second subject - the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Göttingen offers a wide range of courses with five Bachelor's and twelve Master's programmes. In the film (in German), students from the faculty report on their everyday studies and tell why it is worth studying in Göttingen.
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