About the Program

The program is divided into a basic (1st-3rd trimester) and a postgraduate course (4th-7th trimester). The Bachelor's program is usually studied as an intensive study program, meaning the program lasts seven trimesters and comprises a workload of 22 credit points (ECTS) per trimester. The intensive program is a prerequisite for the transition to the consecutive Master's program in the 8th trimester. The entire course of study is flanked by the accompanying course of study studium plus. The first seminar is held during the first year of study.


At the beginning of the basic course, a lecture series with different central topics for each lecture will clarify the interrelationship of the canon of subjects represented at the faculty. Furthermore, all students are familiarized with the subject-specific basics of the sub-disciplines involved in history, politics and law by attending the basic modules. Introductory modules in economics and the combination of sociology and ethics are compulsory for all students. From the second trimester onwards, they can then choose between the compulsory optional courses in economics and sociology/ethics. All students are also required to complete methodological training (module "Methods and Statistics") during the first year.

In the postgraduate course, students can choose between two specializations: "State Structures and Social Change" (StuG) or "International Law and Politics" (IRuP). While in the StuG specialization political science and history (as well as compulsory courses in sociology and ethics) have priority, IRuP students predominantly concentrate on the international dimensions of political science and law (international and European law).      

During the Bachelor's program, two summer modules must be taken. At the end of the first academic year, students accomplish the first one by writing a text analysis. This task aims at independently practicing one of the core competences taught in the course of study: the work on and with scientific texts as well as the written elaboration of methodically and scientifically profound work results. The second summer module is to be taken after the second academic year, towards the end of the postgraduate course: as a rule, students complete an internship at home or abroad, or attend a university summer school. In exceptional cases, an internationally recognized language certificate can be acquired.


At the end of their Bachelor studies, students

  • will be able to recognize the multi-causality of problem situations
  • will have differentiated judgment and a wide range of problem-solving skills
  • will have gained first work experience through simulations, excursions and internships and will have developed and reflected on career opportunities
  • will have acquired basic methodological knowledge
  • may have broadened their action profile by having attended an academic summer school, completed an internship or absolved a language course abroad

Prospective students should bring with them:

  • sensitivity and interest in political, legal, historical, economic, social and ethical issues
  • pleasure in dealing with language and texts
  • high degree of receptiveness and the ability to reason
  • students who wish to focus on economic issues within the program benefit from math skills

Need help?

Your Contact Persons at the dean's office of the Department of Social Sciences and Public Affairs for questions regarding the B.A. and M.A. program Social Sciences and Public Affairs:

You will find us in building 33.

Dean of Studies Dean of Studies


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