After I finished my bachelor's program, I was able to start work straight away. I have been working in the Government Relations section at SAP, the software company, in Brussels since 2016. As my job involves working on topics relating to economics, politics and society, the interdisciplinary structure of the bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy, and my studies in the Humanities, Business Administration and Economics really help on a daily basis.
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, some courses are taught in English
Foreign Language Requirements: Proficiency in a foreign language is not required
Program Start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Humanities
Semester Fee: €160.40 (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.
History as a core subject involves the study of 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 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.
Why Study Culture and Economy: History at the University of Mannheim?
The bachelor's program in Culture and Economy combines methodical skills and specialized knowledge of History 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.
The Humanities at the University of Mannheim have an excellent reputation. The bachelor’s programs in Culture and Economy were ranked well in the CHE university ranking. The University of Mannheim is one of the leading institutions in Germany for Business Administration and Economics. Take a look at the rankings here.
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.
Required Interests and Skills
- be interested in history ranging from ancient 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.
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 module catalog, which is only available in German, gives you an overview of the courses and their content.
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. The Careers Advice Service can help you to find an internship, create your application documents, and advise you on the recognition of internships.
Application and Selection
- 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.
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.
Dr. Marilene Burkard
School of Humanities
Kaiserring 14-16 – Room 612 (6th floor)
Tue and Wed 10 a.m.–noon (without previous notice); during the semester break: Tue 10 a.m.–noon
Angelika Konrad-Schineller, M.A.
School of Humanities
Kaiserring 14–16 – Room 612 (6th floor)
Tue and Wed 10 a.m.–noon, during the semester break: Tue 10 a.m.–noon (jeweils offene Sprechstunde)