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Bachelor's Program in Culture and Economy: English and American Studies

Helen Kalmbach steht vor einem runden hölzernen Tor der Uni Mannheim. Sie trägt einen schwarzen langen Wollmantel und hat offene lange Haare.

Both Business Administration and English and American Studies were already of interest to me even before I began studying. With the bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy, I found the program that combines the best of both worlds: I have been improving my knowledge of the English language and exploring the basics of Business Administration. The University of Mannheim also has an incredible number of partner universities to choose from. I am already looking forward to spending a semester abroad. My study modules are multifaceted and the teachers in Mannheim are competent and helpful. My fellow students are also really great. I feel very much at home here.

Helen Kalmbach, student of the bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy: English and American Studies / Credit: Katharina Schantz
Loreena Gropp lächelt und hat blondes, welliges Haar. Sie trägt eine weiße Bluse.

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.

 

Loreena Gropp, graduate of the bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy: English and American Studies / Credit: Ye Fung Tchen

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.

Natalia Engel, graduate of the bachelor's program in Culture and Economy: English and American Studies / Credit: Elisa Berdica
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Standard period of study: 6 semesters (3 years)

    ECTS credits: at least 180
    (approx. 120 in the core subject, approx. 60 in the specialist subject)

    Language of instruction: English and German

    Language requirements: You must be very proficient in English. Your English grades in upper secondary education or a language test serve as prove. For more details, please refer to the selection statutes. If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent qualification), you must submit proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Humanities

    Semester fee: EUR 204.30 (more information)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: EUR 1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: EUR 650

  • Program overview

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

    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 academic literary analysis. Courses on culture focus on the cultural history of Great Britain and the U.S., and involve analyzing, for example, 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.

    Students can choose between business administration and economics as specialist subjects. If they choose business administration, they attend courses in finance, marketing, management, business informatics, accounting, and production. The University of Mannheim also focuses on seminars in business ethics. In economics, students acquire knowledge in statistics and learn more about micro and macro economics. Another focus is on economic history.

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

    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 interactively in small groups. The program managers are happy to answer questions about organizing your studies. Academic advisors and teachers will help you with questions about the program.

    The University of Mannheim is also 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, 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.

    A degree in English and American Studies qualifies you to work at an international organization, where you can, for example, work in editing or public relations.

  • Required interests and skills

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

    • enjoy analyzing the English and American languages and cultures,
    • be very proficient in English and have good German language skills,
    • 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.

    To study Economics as your combination major, you should be very 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 fascinating. 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. Our team for international affairs will support you in planning a stay 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.  Information and contact persons for all questions relating to internships and career entry can be found on the website of the School of Humanities.

  • Continuing Education

    Certificate programs
    Strengthen your potential, deepen your knowledge, find solutions for challenges we will face tomorrow – there are many good reasons to think outside the box, get to know and try out new things even during your studies.

    At the University of Mannheim, you can do this in the “Studium Oecologicum” which focuses on sustainability. In our certificate program, you will acquire interdisciplinary expert knowledge which can help you to act ethically and to make holistic decisions.

    Continuing education services in academics

    Language courses
    Making language learning easier: No matter if you want to learn Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish or Norwegian, take the Graduate Record Examination Test (GRE), The European Language Certificates (telc) or the TOEFL test – each semester, the University of Mannheim offers language courses and language certificates in more than 16 languages for students and non-university members, online and on campus!

    Language courses at the University of Mannheim

    Studium Generale
    Are you interested in IT or communication trainings or theater, music, or drawing courses? Studium Generale has a vast range of courses available to all.

    Current Studium Generale program

  • 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.) if you completed the module on economics (Vertiefung Volkswirtschaftslehre) during the bachelor's program (see selection statutes)

    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

    At the University of Mannheim, a traditional numerus clausus (within the meaning of a minimum grade required for admission) does not exist. In our selection process, we take numerous criteria into account. For more details, please check the selection statutes (see below). Be bold! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice. We are looking forward to receiving your application!

    In our selection process for the Bachelor's Program in Culture and Economy: English and American Studies, we take the following criteria into account:

    • the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
    • the grades achieved in English and Mathematics,
    • proof of a good level of proficiency in English (at least level B2), if an average of at least 10 points was not achieved throughout the final years of German secondary school education,
    • 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 (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.

    If the program of study is currently not selective, you will receive a study place if you fulfill all admission requirements and apply in due time and form.

    Application

    • The application deadline for our bachelor's programs for the fall semesters starts on 1 June and ends on 15 July.

Insights into university life

Contact

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):
Tue 10–12 a.m.
Open consultation hours in room 282

Wed 10–12 a.m.
Online consultation hours – please make an appointment via https://www.phil.uni-mannheim.de/en/academics/virtual-office-hours/
Kristin Nordhaus

Kristin Nordhaus

Program Manager Bachelor of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 282
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Tue 10–12 a.m.
Open consultation hours in room 282

Wed 10–12 a.m.
Online consultation hours – please make an appointment via https://www.phil.uni-mannheim.de/en/academics/virtual-office-hours/
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