The BA program offers a broad introduction to political and social sciences. Duration of study is three years. Regular course language is German. Some courses are offered in English.
The BA Political Science aims at imparting general academic competences and broad knowledge in political and social issues with a focus on methodological skills. The degree prepares students for entering a professional career in politics, administration or media and qualifies for Master programs in the discipline.
The standard duration of study is six semesters (three years of study) for the BA Political Science. The curriculum is structured by modules distributed across the semesters. Each module includes several courses. Workload is managed by assigning ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points to each course.
The curriculum features introductory, methodological, issue-specific and supplementary modules. First year modules are offered in cooperation with the Institute of Sociology giving an introduction to social sciences broadly and teaching general and applied skills in empirical research methods – including statistics.
Second and third year modules cover specific issues of political science in depth. This includes:
- Theories of Governance;
- Political institutions, processes and structures;
- Political systems and cultures;
- Politics in the globalized world;
- Management, mediation and implementation of policies;
- Global and Regional Governance;
- Global and Regional Developmental Issues;
- Practical application of research methods.
Supplementary modules are dedicated to other disciplines or academic and professional key qualifications.
Application and admission
Entering the BA program requires a certificate of general qualification for university entrance (equivalent to the German Abitur). Admission to the program is restricted according to a local statutory enrollment limitation. Applications should be sent to the admissions office (Studierendensekretariat – online application is possible). Please note application deadlines for the academic year. Student intake is during winter semester (starting in October).