The subject of history, BA at Heinrich Heine University is designed as part of a multiple degree course. In multiple study programs, a core subject must always be taken with a supplementary subject.

In six semesters of study, profound historical knowledge of the ancient, medieval and modern times as well as in the area of ??Eastern European history is imparted and a deepening in self-selected areas of focus is made possible. In the core subject, method training and a practical module including a four-week professional internship are compulsory. In the supplementary subject, you can choose between a methodological and content-related specialization and a professional qualification.

One of the main goals is that the students analyze political, cultural and economic phenomena of the past and learn to present them appropriately while mastering the subject-specific terms. In terms of method, the critical examination of all forms of transmission as well as processes for the formation and presentation of historical models and theories are in the foreground.
History students at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf benefit from numerous professional contacts, an international internship program and numerous partnerships with European universities such as B. with Charles University in Prague.

A core subject course comprises a total of 180 credit points (CP = Credit Points). Credit points are credit points with which the workload is "measured". In the course according to the core case model, 108 CP are allocated to the core subject, 54 CP to the supplementary subject and 18 CP to the interdisciplinary compulsory elective area.


History can be studied in its entirety at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf: from the beginnings of classical civilization in ancient Greece to the modern information society; from political history to economy and society to cultures and mentalities of bygone eras.

The individual academic years systematically build on one another. In the first year of study, a broad overview of the four main areas of modern times, Eastern Europe, antiquity and the Middle Ages as well as the methods of studying history is given. In the second year of study, the historical tools are developed using specific case studies. The third and final year of study introduces students to an independent academic study of history.

The Institute for History consists of two chairs for the older historical epochs, three chairs for the modern era and one chair for Eastern European history. In addition, there are the work areas for economic and global history. Topics in research and teaching include European studies, national history, historiography in antiquity, France and Franco-German relations, the First World War, Jews and anti-Semitism, economic and cultural history, the history of East Central and Southeastern Europe and the Germans in Eastern Europe as well as digital history .


The entry requirement for the Bachelor's degree in History (KF and EF) is general or relevant subject-specific higher education entrance qualification.


The course prepares students for a variety of possible careers in the media, education and training, information processing and public and private institutions. The imparting of practical skills through project seminars and internships are an integral part of the range of courses.

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