Studying the bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy with a focus on English and American Studies was my heart’s desire. I worked for several years before starting the program which gave me the chance to think my decision through carefully. The university’s outstanding reputation and its location made me choose Mannheim. And, the program enables me to combine the Humanities with Business Administration and Economics, which is rare. I study literary and linguistic topics in depth, and, at the same time, gain a solid understanding of Economics and Business Administration. This puts me in a very flexible position. But the master’s program gives you the chance to specialize in one field if you want to.
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: English and German
Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.
Program start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Humanities
Semester fee: €190,30 (more)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
The Bachelor of Arts program in Culture and Economy consists of a core subject and a specialist subject.
The core subject, English and American Studies, looks at aspects of literature, culture and language from the English-speaking world. Through courses in Literary Studies, students learn the basic principles of scientific literary analysis. Courses on culture focus on the cultural history of Great Britain and the USA, and involve the analysis, for example, of films, music, advertisements, and articles. Students also study Linguistics (including the theories and methods of language acquisition and development, and multilingualism) and receive language instruction.
You can choose to study Business Administration or Economics as a specialist subject. If you choose Business Administration, you can attend courses on finance, marketing, management, business informatics, accounting, and production. Students can attend seminars to specialize in business ethics. If you study Economics as a specialist subject, you will learn about statistics and gain an insight in microeconomics and macroeconomics. A further focus is placed on economic history.
The bachelor's program in Culture and Economy combines specialized knowledge of English and American linguistics, literary, cultural and media studies with well-founded English skills and a solid understanding of Economics or Business Administration. The majority of the modules are taught in English. This combination of aspects to form one degree program is unique in Germany. As such, graduates of the program, with their knowledge of the Humanities and Business Administration or Economics, are particularly sought after on the international labor market.
The Humanities at the University of Mannheim have an excellent reputation. In the CHE university ranking, English and American Studies was ranked very well. Students at the School of Humanities particularly value the ability to work in small groups. Academic advisors, program managers, and teachers are happy to help with your questions on the program.
Graduates of the program know and understand economic concepts and processes, and are therefore particularly in demand in roles that combine communication, economics and business administration. They work, for example, as project managers in PR agencies, in business consultancy, marketing or in sales.
To study Economics as your specialist subject, you should be good at math and find statistics and politics interesting. To study Business Administration as your specialist subject, you should be good at math and find marketing, management, and business ethics interesting. You should also be able to learn and apply course content quickly.
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.
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.
The following degree programs are partly or fully available in English:
Mannheim Master in Management (M.Sc.)
Master’s program in Economics (M.Sc.)
The following degree programs are (mainly) taught in German:
You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.
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.
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