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Interdisciplinary Indian Studies (B.A.)

PLEASE NOTE: This degree programme is being phased out. Enrolment is no longer possible.

To what extent does the cultural diversity of India influence its economic success? Does this diversity hinder sustainable development or social unity? The degree programme in Interdisciplinary Indian Studies covers these and further questions regarding the economic, social and cultural development of the modern subcontinent. The answer to these questions requires close co-operation between Political Science, Sociology, Ethnology and Economics. In addition to these, knowledge of Indian languages, religions and history is involved.

Degree programme title: Interdisciplinary Indian Studies (B.A.)
Final degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard period of study: Six semesters
Starting semester: Winter semester
Admission requirements: open admission
Language of the programme: German


  • 1st subject semester: no admission (degree programme is being phased out)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: no admission (degree programme is being phased out)
  • International applicants: no admission (degree programme is being phased out)

Programme description:
The Bachelor's degree programme in interdisciplinary Indian studies provides basic professional and regional knowledge and skills necessary for transiting to professional practice and acquiring the additional academic qualifications to take a master's degree. Students acquire the ability to grasp the essential coherence of the subject and to apply basic research methods and knowledge. The course is offered by the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS).

Students build up their 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 enable entry into various professional fields (Indian and transnational companies, associations, government departments and agencies, non-government organizations, tourism, development cooperation, as well as media and communication). They are also preparatory qualifications for a more advanced scientific degree.

Besides technical foundations in Interdisciplinary Indian Studies, students should acquire deeper knowledge of one of the three foci of the subject (politics & economics, history and society, language, culture and religion) by taking elective-compulsory modules. In addition, the course offering is complemented by a "non-academic scientific field of competence". In this field, the students attend a module package from a specialist area of their choice (from "Agricultural Science" through "Indology" to "National Economics").

The Bachelor's degree programme imparts core competencies beyond subject-specific facts to give students a successful start to a professional career or for admission to a Master's degree programme.

  • An application-oriented profile may be selected in order to acquire general and subject-specific professional skills.
  • A research-oriented profile can be selected to be able to earn an advanced, professionally qualifying diploma in a Master's degree programme.

Recommended English skills
Good English skills are recommended for successful studies.