Hello, I’m Hannah and I have been studying the bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy: English and American Studies with Business Administration at the University of Mannheim since the fall semester 2018. I had a lot of questions when I began my studies and found it helpful to talk to students from higher semesters. So feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I am happy to help!
The Culture and Economy bachelor’s and master’s programs combine disciplines from the humanities and economics. We chose English and American Studies as a major and Business Administration as a combination major. But you can also take Economics as a combination major. In addition to your combination major you can take courses in another economic subject and may count them toward the additional module.
In English and American Studies you will mainly focus on linguistics and literary studies. After completing three semesters of your bachelor’s degree, you will specialize in one of these two areas. In addition, there are more modules for you to choose from, such as language practice or cultural studies modules. In Business Administration you will learn about various economic areas, such as management, marketing, and finance.
After successfully completing your bachelor's degree, you can go on to pursue a master’s degree and specialize in, for example, linguistics. But you can also focus on literary studies or combine both subjects. There are courses on language and cultural competence as well. Your combination major courses will consist of MMM (Mannheim Master in Management) courses in the areas of marketing and management.
One of the reasons why we chose the University of Mannheim was its international focus because it allows us to spend one or two semesters abroad. We can study at one of the many partner universities around the world without having to pay additional tuition fees. Plus, the libraries and classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and are located right in the city center. Each year, the university also hosts the Career Fair, which gives you the opportunity to network with companies. The University of Mannheim has an excellent international reputation in the humanities and economics. The opportunity to combine these two disciplines is very rare. That’s why it's worth staying in Mannheim for the master's degree as well.
The University of Mannheim also offers many extracurricular activities. For example, we can participate in a variety of sports, attend many events, and join one of the many student organizations or the departmental student committee.
After earning your bachelor's degree, you have a lot of options! If you want to expand your knowledge in a master’s program, you can enroll in the Culture and Economy: English and American Studies program at the University of Mannheim, or you can specialize in Business Administration, for example in the Mannheim Master in Management program.
Of course, you can also start working right away. With a bachelor's or master’s degree in Culture and Economy you can work in culture and event management, in public relations and communications, or in federal and state authorities, for example.
People often ask, “English and American Studies, what is that?”, “What can you do with this degree?”, and, “Why are you also studying Business Administration?”
But the bachelor's and master’s programs in Culture and Economy don’t really prepare you for one specific job. They rather open the door to a variety of options that depend on your personal preferences and skills. For example, you can work in public relations and communications, or in human resources. Internships are a great way to explore a particular industry and will help you decide what career to choose after earning your degree.
Would you like to learn more about studying English at the University of Mannheim?
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