Bachelor's Program in History

To me, studying History means understanding past events from different angles, analyzing cultural and social processes, working with sources, and connecting the past with the present. The History degree program at the University of Mannheim gave me the chance to do all these things throughout my studies. It includes modules on the different historical periods, and in-depth academic advising, and there are a number of internship opportunities in the region.

Linda Breithaupt, graduate of B.A. History / Photo credit: Linda Breithaupt
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Standard period of study: 6 semesters (3 years)

    ECTS credits: approx. 180
    (approx. 150 in core subject, approx. 30 in specialist subject)

    Language of instruction: German, English

    Language requirements: If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent qualification), you must submit proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic Calendar

    School: School of Humanities

    Semester fee: €194.30 (further information)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

  • Program overview

    Students of the Bachelor of Arts program in History study cultural systems and historical developments in society. The program focuses on the cultures and societies in Europe and the USA, and on economic, legal and social history. From ancient history to modern history – students gain an insight into all historical periods, but the focus of the program is placed on modern history.

    You can also choose a subject from the Humanities or Social Sciences, such as German Studies, Philosophy, or Political Science, to study as a minor. This gives you the chance to develop your own professional profile.

  • Why study History at the University of Mannheim?

    The Humanities at the University of Mannheim have an excellent reputation in Germany. With 450 partner universities, and students from 100 countries, Mannheim is one of the most international universities in the country, and provides students with an inspiring learning environment that facilitates excellent teaching and research.

    The Department of History collaborates with a number of international higher education institutions and cultural establishments, which students of the program can benefit from. Our students also value the ability to work in small groups and the support given by the academic advisors, program managers, and teachers.

  • Career opportunities

    The degree qualifies graduates for work in museums, archives, and scientific journalism. If you decide to get a master’s degree in History, you can also pursue a career in academia.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of History should

    • be interested in history, ranging from ancient history to modern history,
    • be very proficient in German and have good English language skills,
    • not be put off by complex texts, theories, and methods,
    • be capable of critical thinking and like discussing topics,
    • enjoy interpreting sources such as texts, artifacts and visual traditions,
    • enjoy writing academic texts,
    • like giving presentations.
  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    You can find further details on how the program is structured in the module catalog (only available in German).

    Studying abroad
    The University of Mannheim is part of a global network. The School of Humanities is partners with over 150 universities worldwide, and, in collaboration with the International Office, can help you plan a period of study abroad. We recommend that students go abroad during the fourth or fifth subject-specific semester, but it is possible to make individual arrangements. Studying abroad is optional, and is encouraged by the School.

    Internships
    A six-week internship in Germany or abroad is integrated into the program of study. Our program managers can help you to find an internship, create your application documents, and advise you on the recognition of internships.

    Sample course schedule
    These courses are studied in the first semester.

  • Further study

    The following degree program is (mainly) taught in German:

    Master’s program in History (M.A.)

  • Application and selection

    Admission to the degree programs at the University of Mannheim is not selective within the meaning of a tradional numerus clausus (NC). Instead, we take the following criteria into account in our selection process:

    • the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
    • the grades achieved in a subject relating to Social Sciences,
    • relevant work experience and extracurricular activities.

    German language proficiency
    If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must prove German language proficiency at C1 level.

    Selection statutes
    Under “Application and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the degree program, please refer to the selection statutes.

    Application

    • The application deadline for our bachelor's programs for the fall semester 2022/2023 will start on 1 June and will end on 15 July 2022.

    Read more: Website of the Admissions Office

    Normally, the following deadline applies:
    You can apply from 15 May to 15 July.

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Contact

Dr. Marilene Burkard

Dr. Marilene Burkard

Program Manager Bachelor of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 282
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Open consultation hours and telephone service hours are cancelled until further notice. Please contact me via e–mail.
Dr. Angelika Konrad-Schineller

Dr. Angelika Konrad-Schineller

Program Manager Bachelor of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 282
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Open consultation hours and telephone service hours are cancelled until further notice. Please contact me via e–mail.
Admissions Office

Admissions Office

University of Mannheim
L 1, 1 – Room 157, 158
68161 Mannheim