Bachelor of Arts in History

The bachelor’s program in History will allow you to deepen your fundamental knowledge in all eras from ancient times to the present day and to obtain theoretical and methodological knowledge. The program focuses on European and American history as well as on cultural and social topics and economic history. 

The program is completed by an Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies module, which casts light on the concept of culture by considering the topic from different angles that are characteristic for the individual departments. You are also obliged to take a minor (accounting for around 30 of the 180 ECTS credits).

Thanks to the department’s collaboration with local and regional institutions such as the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, students can apply their theoretical knowledge in practice already at an early stage and gain access to interesting areas of activity. During the six-week mandatory internship students will be able to put into practice the competencies they have obtained so far.

All relevant information

  • Examination regulations

  • Program handbook

    Here, we have compiled many useful tips for you regarding your program: Which courses should I attend at the beginning of my studies? Is there an exemplary degree plan? How do lectures and seminars build on each other? Which courses are only offered on an annual basis? Who are my contact persons? 

  • Module catalog

  • Module catalog

    Here, you will find an exact description of the contents respecting each course of your program and the skills you will have acquired once you have completed the course. This information is important if you are going to take courses at another university (e.g. during a semester abroad) or have taken courses at another university in the past (preparatory studies) and are planning on having the ECTS credits already obtained recognized for your program of study. Please consider that there may be different versions of the module catalogs for each program of study depending on the start of the program (due to changes in the examination regulations).

  • Exemplary degree plan

    This degree plan only serves as an example of how you can successfully complete your program of study in six semesters. You can decide on the order in which you would like to take the courses and examinations of the program, but you should be mindful of taking the examinations that are relevant for the orientation examination within the first three semesters. Please keep in mind that some courses are only offered either in the fall semester or in the spring semester (for further information click on Portal²).

  • Proof of language proficiency (admission requirements)

    Students of the bachelor’s program in History need to have a very good level of German language proficiency and a good level of English language proficiency; additional foreign language skills are of advantage (but no mandatory requirement).

  • Period of study abroad

    Studying abroad always helps you grow personally and professionally. And there is no better place to learn a foreign language than the country where the language is spoken. Don’t miss this great opportunity! Ideally you should plan your semester abroad for the fifth semester; however, a stay abroad during the spring semester (fourth or sixth semester) is also possible. We will help you plan your stay abroad and will be happy to advise you – whether you plan a semester abroad or an internship abroad.

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  • Internship

    The program includes a mandatory internship of six weeks (full-time 35 hours/week or part time with a total of at least 210 hours). We recommend that you also complete a longer internship in a potential professional field during your studies – either in Germany or abroad. We are happy to help you find a suitable internship. 

  • Final module

    What do I have to keep in mind with regard to the bachelor's thesis and the oral examination at the end of my studies? How can I find an examiner and a topic? How does the registration process for the final examinations and the thesis work?


  • After your graduation

    Graduates of the bachelor’s program in History have the necessary qualification to start a professional career in various areas of culture as well as in museums, archives, business journalism or politics. Ideally, you will gain first work experience during your program of study that helps you make the right career choice after graduation. We are happy to help you find a suitable internship or assist you in starting your career.
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    A bachelor’s degree in History also qualifies you for a master’s program in History or for a similar program. We are happy to assist you in exploring your academic career opportunities in a personal conversation. Please visit our open consultation hours.
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For Prospective Students

Why study a Bachelor of Arts program at the School of Humanities of the University of Mannheim? 

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