I came to the University of Mannheim because combining philosophy with economics seemed very attractive to me. My expectations were not disappointed: The philosophy portion of the program teaches you how to approach intriguing questions independently and in a structured manner and how to explore them in depth. If you are a little farther along in your studies, you can choose freely from the available courses, which allows you to tailor the program to your personal interests. Apart from that, I also value the intimate atmosphere at the Department of Philosophy and the fact that you will always find people to exchange opinions with about all sorts of topics. Thanks to the multiple overlaps in the two fields, economics and philosophy complement each other perfectly. Students at the University of Mannheim can also benefit from a unique opportunity: Those who take all the introductory courses from the bachelor’s program in Economics in a specialization module will be admitted to the master’s program in Economics.
I really liked how my fellow students and professors all got on really well – it was almost like we were family. We had a lot of discussions over the course of the program, which taught me to think logically, to reflect critically on my arguments, and to be more precise. By studying a specialist subject, I was able to gain a thorough understanding of Economics. The courses on political philosophy and business ethics went really well together and gave me a great starting point for my master’s program in International Relations.
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
Semester fee: €194.30 (further information)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
Philosophy as a core subject addresses the self-identity of humans, their relationships with the world, and basic questions concerning human coexistence. The program focuses on the history of philosophy (from Aristotle and Kant to Heidegger), and on practical philosophy and ethics (ethical and moral philosophical questions focused on business ethics). 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 focus on business ethics at the University of Mannheim facilitates a close connection between Philosophy, Business Administration, and Economics in this program.
The bachelor's program in Culture and Economy: Philosophy combines methodical skills and specialized knowledge of Philosophy 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 in demand on the labor market.
Graduates of the program know and understand economic concepts and processes. One of the program’s focuses is on business ethics, which attempts to develop solutions for conflicts of interest between profit and conscience which are both morally and economically acceptable. Graduates with a degree which combines Philosophy and Economics are particularly sought-after in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility.
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.
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.