I currently work in corporate communication at m:con – mannheim:congress GmbH. The bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy neatly combines the humanities, business and economics. Studying this program was great preparation for my current position which involves culture, society, and the economy. Through studying core and specialist subjects, you develop different approaches to working. This enables you to learn to be flexible, to quickly change your thinking, and to adjust to new tasks.
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, English
Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.
Program start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Humanities
Through the core subject, German Studies, students gain specialized knowledge of Linguistics, and of German Literary and Media Studies. Practical modules teach students journalistic skills relevant for all modern forms of media. Courses in business English supplement the program.
You can choose to study Business Administration or Economics as a combination major. 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 your combination major, 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 combines specialized knowledge of German linguistics, literary, cultural and media studies with a solid understanding of Economics or Business Administration. 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 labor market.
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.
A degree in German Studies opens up a lot of options. Graduates can become journalists, editors, or librarians, or work in areas such as public relations, publishing, and social media.
The degree also qualifies you for an academic career in the fields of German Studies, Economics or Business Administration.
To study Economics as your combination major, you should be good at math and find statistics and politics interesting. To study Business Administration as your combination major, 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 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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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