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Bachelor's Program in History

To me, 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 / Private photo
  • Program Facts and Information

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Standard Period of Study: 6 semesters (3 years)

    ECTS Credits: approx. 180
    (approx. 120 in core subject, approx. 60 in specialist subject)

    Language of Instruction: German

    Foreign Language Requirements: Proficiency in a foreign language is not required

    Program Start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic Calendar

    School: School of Humanities

    Semester Fee: €156.70 (more)
    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
    The module catalog, which is only available in German, gives you an overview of the courses and their content.

    Studying Abroad
    The University of Mannheim is part of a global network. The School of Humanities is partners with over 140 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. The Careers Advice Service 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

    We take the following criteria into account in our selection process:

    • the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
    • the grades achieved in German, English, Mathematics, and a subject relating to Social Science or Social Studies,
    • relevant work experience and extracurricular activities.

    You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.

    Application
    You can apply between May 15 and July 15.

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    Aptitude Test
    Applicants are required to take an aptitude test, such as What shall I study? or the SIT orientation test, which are both only available in German. They must then submit proof that they have completed the test with their application.

    Admission to an Advanced Semester
    If you want to apply for an advanced semester, please contact Ms. Dörr in the Admissions Office.

Contact

Dr. Marilene Burkard

Studiengangsmanagement B.A. und B.A. Kultur und Wirtschaft
Dr. Marilene Burkard
Universität Mannheim
Philosophische Fakultät
Kaiserring 14-16
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Tue and Wed 10 a.m. – noon (without previous notice); during the semester break: Tue 10 a.m. – noon

Angelika Konrad-Schineller, M.A.

Studiengangsmanagement B.A. und B.A. Kultur und Wirtschaft
Angelika Konrad-Schineller, M.A.
Universität Mannheim
Philosophische Fakultät
Kaiserring 14–16
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Tue and Wed 10 a.m. – noon, during the semester break: Tue 10 a.m. – noon (jeweils offene Sprechstande)

 Bewerbungs- und Zulassungsstelle

Bewerbungs- und Zulassungsstelle
Universität Mannheim
Bewerbungs- und Zulassungsstelle
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68131 Mannheim