Bachelor's Program in Culture and Economy: Philosophy

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.

Marie-Aimée Salopiata, student of B.A. Culture and Economy: Philosophy / Photo credit: Daniela Haupt

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.

Fabian Jung, graduate of B.A. Culture and Economy: Philosophy; student of the master’s program in International Relations – European Studies, Budapest / 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, some courses are taught in English

    Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic Calendar

    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

  • Program overview

    The Bachelor of Arts program in Culture and Economy consists of a core subject and a specialist subject.

    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 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: Philosophy at the University of Mannheim?

    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.

    The University of Mannheim is one of the leading institutions in Germany for Business Administration and Economics.

  • Career opportunities

    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.

    Studying Philosophy gives you a lot of options. You may work as a (scientific) journalist, artist, editor or speaker. The degree also qualifies you for an academic career in the fields of Philosophy, Economics or Business Administration.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of the bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy: Philosophy should:

    • consider all perspectives when arguing or discussing,
    • be interested in philosophical questions (such as “what ought I to do?” or “are there universal moral rules?”),
    • be very proficient in German and have good English language skills,
    • enjoy analyzing texts, theories and methods,
    • be capable of analytical and critical thinking,
    • 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.

  • Program structure

    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.

    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.

    Sample course schedule
    These courses are studied in the first semester.

  • Further study

    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 program is (mainly) taught in German:

    Master’s program in Culture and Economy (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 and Mathematics,
    • relevant work experience and extracurricular activities,
    • if you do not hold German citizenship or do not have a German university entrance qualifications (e.g. Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must submit proof that your German language proficiency is equivalent to level C1.

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

    Please note:

    Due to the current coronavirus crisis, the application deadline will be postponed. You can apply from July 6 to August 20. 
    Read more: Pages of the Admissions Office

    Normally, the following deadlines apply:
    You can apply from May 15 to July 15.


    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.

Learn more about the school of humanities.


Dr. Marilene Burkard

Dr. Marilene Burkard

Program Manager Bachelor of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Kaiserring 14-16 – Room 612 (6th floor)
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Open consultation hours and telephone service hours are cancelled until further notice. Please contact me via e–mail.
Florian Dorner, M.A.

Florian Dorner, M.A.

Program Manager Bachelor of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Kaiserring 14–16 – Room 612 (6th floor)
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Open consultation hours and telephone service hours are cancelled until further notice. Please contact me via e–mail.
Admissions Office

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University of Mannheim
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