In the bachelor’s program, you will acquire basic knowledge of history. You will get an overview from ancient history to modern history, learn basic historical concepts, and gain an understanding of historical contexts. The different modules will help you get a better picture of relevant historical phenomena. You will challenge historical theories, and learn about methods and techniques used in the study of history. The seminar on economic and social history is also interesting. It focuses on cultural, political, social, and economic aspects of history. There are many other exciting modules—have a look at the module catalogue.
The master’s program in History is research-oriented, but also focuses on public relations, which makes it stand out from similar programs at other universities. This means that you will learn how history is communicated and put yout knowledge into practice in the project seminar. This seminar extends over two semesters and you can, for example, curate a small exhibition. Since the program is more hands-on, it will help you transition from university to career.
Internships and stays abroad are optional, but I can only recommend them.
I like studying in Mannheim. The classes of the master's program are rather small, so you can work closely with the other students and teachers, and get to know each other better. In addition, the Department of History has close ties to non-university institutions, such as the Technoseum, the city archive, and the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen. You also have the opportunity to complete a placement semester or spend a semester abroad at one of the many partner universities. The staff members of the University of Mannheim will be happy to help you with that.
The facilities and libraries are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. In addition, the university boasts a beautiful campus and baroque palace that is located in the city center.
The University of Mannheim also offers many extracurricular activities: I really like the work of the departmental student committee for History and Classical Studies. The committee members organize many interesting events, such as the orientation week, the film club, and the city trip. With regard to higher education policy, the committee also advocates for the interests of all History students of the University of Mannheim. You can find lots of useful information for first-year students on their website. In addition to the departmental student committee, you can participate in a variety of student organizations that organize events and presentations. If you are a sports fan, the University of Mannheim has got you covered as well: the Institute of Sports offers an extensive sports program. Most courses are free and you can try out almost every sport you can think of—from pilates and rowing on the Neckar to lacrosse. Mannheim also offers an exciting nightlife: there are clubs, bars, and pubs in the city center and the Jungbusch district, or you can attend the very popular Schneckenhof parties. They take place every Thursday and are organized by the different departmental student committees.
Myth no. 1:History classes are just about talking. This is not true. Bear in mind that the program requires certain skills: you should be interested in history, and like reading, writing, and discussing. In general, the following applies: every challenge is an opportunity to grow!
Myth no. 2: The only thing historians do is memorize dates. This is probably the biggest misconception. Compared to subjects like business administration, you have to memorize much less. Dates and facts do play a role, but studying history is about much more than that. At the beginning of your studies, you will learn about the different historical periods. You will have to understand and apply this knowledge, rather than memorize it. For example, you should know when something occurred and what developments played a role at that time.
It is highly recommended to have good command of English because you will often come across English literature.
Depending on the region and historical period you are dealing with, other languages may also be useful. For example, Latin for ancient and medieval history, French for modern history, or Spanish for the history of Spanish-speaking countries. But these language skills are not necessarily required.
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