The program in Culture and Economy: English and American Studies is not like any other degree program in Germany: it combines two different tracks of study in a unique way. From the very first day, I loved how the program enabled me to develop my communicative and analytic skills. At the same time, I expanded my knowledge of a specific cultural area and gained sound knowledge in Economics. Additionally, I had the freedom to specialize in a field of study that really interested me.
Studying the bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy with a focus on English and American Studies was my heart’s desire. I worked for several years before starting the program which gave me the chance to think my decision through carefully. The university’s outstanding reputation and its location made me choose Mannheim. And, the program enabled me to combine the Humanities with Business Administration and Economics, which is rare. I studied literary and linguistic topics in depth, and, at the same time, gained a solid understanding of Economics and Business Administration. This puts me in a very flexible position. But the master’s program gives you the chance to specialize in one field if you want to.
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: English and German
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
The core subject, English and American Studies, looks at aspects of literature, culture and language from the English-speaking world. Through courses in Literary Studies, students learn the basic principles of scientific literary analysis. Courses on culture focus on the cultural history of Great Britain and the USA, 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 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 in Culture and Economy combines specialized knowledge of English and American linguistics, literary, cultural and media studies with well-founded English skills and a solid understanding of Economics or Business Administration. The majority of the modules are taught in English. 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 international labor market.
With 450 partner universities, and students from 100 countries, Mannheim is one of the most international universities in the country, and provides students with an inspiring learning environment that facilitates excellent teaching and research.
Students at the School of Humanities value the ability to work in small groups. Academic advisors, program managers, and teachers are happy to answer your questions on the program.
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.
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.