Bachelor's Program in Culture and Economy: Spanish Studies

The bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy: Spanish Studies is characterized by its interdisciplinary, international, and flexible nature. By attending modules at two schools, the students learn different scientific ways of thinking. It taught me a lot, and so did the international campus with students from around the world. After graduating from the program, students have a lot of career options. I decided to stay at the university and pursue the Mannheim Master in Management. Now, I work as a project manager at the KfW Group. If I had to do it all again, I would definitely still choose to study the bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy.

Sebastian Weber, graduate of B.A. Culture and Economy: Spanish Studies and the Mannheim Master in Management / Photo credit: Sebastian Weber

The Bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy: Spanish Studies prepared me well for the job I do today. I work at the new BMW plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, where I am responsible for sustainability and environmental protection. I was able to address sustainability communication as part of my bachelor’s thesis, and my studies as a whole taught me how to work within multidisciplinary and multinational teams.

Katharina Butz, graduate of B.A. Culture and Economy: Spanish Studies / Photo credit: Katharina Butz
  • 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: Spanish, German, English

    Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.
    Proficiency in Spanish is recommended. (You can prove your proficiency in Spanish at a later date).

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic Calendar

    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

  • Program overview

    The Bachelor of Arts program in Culture and Economy consists of a major and a combination major.

    The core subject, Spanish Studies, teaches students about Spanish literature, culture and language. Through courses in Literary Studies, students learn the basic principles of scientific literary analysis. Courses on culture focus on the cultural history of Spain 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 complement your studies by taking courses in business Spanish or intercultural communication.

    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.

  • Why study Culture and Economy: Spanish Studies at the University of Mannheim?

    The bachelor's program in Culture and Economy: Spanish Studies combines specialized knowledge of Spanish 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, and their proficiency in Spanish, are particularly sought after on the labor market.

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

    Romance Studies at the University of Mannheim has also achieved top positions on several occasions in the CHE university ranking. Take a look at the rankings here.

  • Career opportunities

    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.

    With your qualification in Spanish, you can look for work at an international organization. The degree also qualifies you for an academic career in the fields of Linguistics, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Economics or Business Administration.

  • Required interests and skills

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

    • read frequently,
    • enjoy analyzing the Spanish language and culture,
    • ideally, have a good level of proficiency in Spanish at the start of the program,
    • not be put off by complex texts, theories, and methods,
    • be capable of critical thinking and like discussing topics,
    • enjoy writing academic texts,
    • like giving presentations,
    • be very proficient in German and have good English language skills.

    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.

  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    You can find further details on how the program is structured in the module catalog.

    Studying abroad
    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.

    Internships
    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 programs are (mainly) taught in German:

    Master’s program in Culture and Economy (M.A.)  

    Master’s program in Language and Communication (M.A.)  

    Master’s program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era (M.A.)

    Master’s program in Intercultural German Studies (M.A.)  

  • Application and selection

    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:

    • the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
    • the grades achieved in Mathematics and your best foreign language,
    • relevant work experience and extracurricular activities.

    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.

    Selection statutes
    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.

    Application

    • The application deadline for our bachelor's programs for the fall semester 2022/2023 will start on 1 June and will end on 15 July 2022.

    Read more: Website of the Admissions Office

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

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Contact

Dr. Marilene Burkard

Dr. Marilene Burkard

Program Manager Bachelor of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 282
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Open consultation hours and telephone service hours are cancelled until further notice. Please contact me via e–mail.
Dr. Angelika Konrad-Schineller

Dr. Angelika Konrad-Schineller

Program Manager Bachelor of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 282
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

Admissions Office

University of Mannheim
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68161 Mannheim