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Overview

Overview

History deals with the changes in society, economy, state, politics and culture that take place in the past and present in the interdependence of individual and collective forces. It is based, among other things, on the particularity of the respective sources and the techniques used to evaluate them. The bachelor's degree in history at Freie Universität Berlin comprises four major subjects:

  • Ancient history (8th century BC to 6th century AD)
  • Medieval history of Europe and the Near East (early and later Middle Ages, 5th-15th centuries)
  • Early modern period: (16th-18th century)
  • Recent history (19th-21st centuries)

The aim of the History course is to gain knowledge of German, European and world history and to discuss general issues in the subject from an overarching perspective, in particular the history of politics, society, culture, economy, religion, discourses and social relations. Furthermore, historical methodological competence for the independent selection and development of topics in larger historical contexts on the basis of sources of all genres and scientific literature should be acquired and fundamental problems of history and historical studies and their more recent currents should be understood. Last but not least, the aim of the story is to acquire the ability

The 30 CP module offering does not cover the entire subject of the course (see course structure).

Program Structure

History is combined as a core subject with a 60 credit module or two 30 credit modules. History is combined with a 90-credit core subject as a 60-credit module. History is combined as a 30 CP module offering with a suitable 120 CP core subject or a 90 CP core subject and a further 30 CP module offering.

The study of history as a 90 CP core subject is divided into four study areas:

  • Old story
  • Medieval story
  • Early modern period (16th-18th centuries)
  • Recent history (19th-21st centuries)

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. The objectives, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in separate ABV study and examination regulations.

In the core subject of history, at the end of the course there is an exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examinations. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

History as a 90 CP core subject

module  Theory, method and history of historical science
module  Introduction to Ancient History
module  Introduction to the history of the Middle Ages
module  Introduction to the history of the early modern period (16th-18th centuries)
module  Introduction to Modern History (19th-21st centuries)
module  Historical problems in a cross-epoch perspective
module  Epochal recess
module  Regional perspectives on history

History as a 60 CP module offer

module  Theory, method and history of historical science
module  Introduction to Ancient History
module  Introduction to the history of the Middle Ages
module  Introduction to the history of the early modern period (16th-18th centuries)
module  Introduction to Modern History (19th-21st centuries)
module  Historical problems in a cross-epoch perspective or regional perspectives of history

History as a 30 CP module offering

module  Theory, method and history of historical science
Two more of the following modules have to be taken:
module  Introduction to Ancient History
module  Introduction to the history of the Middle Ages
module  Introduction to the history of the early modern period (16th-18th centuries)
module  Introduction to Modern History (19th-21st centuries)

Additional entry requirements
English (level B1 GER)

Career Prospects

Graduates of the bachelor's degree program have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate degree. If history is studied as a module as part of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen core subject shapes the professional qualification.

Pedagogical fields of work in the extracurricular area, in adult and further education, science, archives and libraries, media library and documentation, museums and memorials, press, radio, television, new media, publishing, marketing and public relations, consultancy, management as well as come into question Tourism.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.


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