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Bachelor of Arts (Minor subject)

Short description

Short description

Everyone has at some point considered philosophical questions: Are we allowed to eat animals? How can I know whether I am awake or dreaming? What is the meaning of life? By studying philosophy, you will learn about different answers to such questions, and you will learn how to assess and justify them.

Comprehensive information as well as testimonials by current and former students can also be found on the Department's site for prospective students.

The bachelor's degree programme at HHU Düsseldorf covers all important areas and ages of philosophy, from philosophy of mind to political philosophy, from ancient philosophy to current debates. As a bonus, you can expect:

  • intensive supervision and discussions in small classes,
  • thorough training in philosophical writing and argumentation,
  • a variety of courses in virtually every area of philosophy,
  • courses and projects in public philosophy,
  • strong support with respect to job prospects, also in the form of a mentoring-program.

Philosophy can be studied at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf as part of a combination of a major and a minor subject. Philosophy can be pursued as a major or a minor subject. Both options qualify you for the subsequent Master's programme in Philosophy at HHU Düsseldorf and at other universities. In addition to the major and minor subjects, you must also complete a professional development in which you have the freedom to take language courses, explore various career paths, or acquire career-preparatory personal competencies, among other things. The programme duration is 3 academic years (6 semesters).

Combination options

For this study programme you need a major subject

Art History
English and American Studies
German Languages and Literatures
Historical Studies
Japanese Studies
Jewish Studies
Romance Languages and Literatures

Entry/Admission requirements

The bachelor's degree programme in philosophy can be entered only in the winter semester. One admissions requirement is the general or relevant Abitur (high school graduation), but there are also several options for access without Abitur. Most philosophy classes are taught in German, so good German language skills are required. Moreover, sufficient English language competence is mandatory.

Programme content

The bachelor's degree programme in philosophy covers three areas, which are equally important and complement each other. Within each area, you are free to choose the focus of your studies:

Theoretical philosophy is concerned with truth and knowledge as well as with the limits of knowledge. It examines the structure of mind and consciousness, and it explores the fundamental nature of reality.

Practical philosophy considers human action in the broadest sense. It deals with questions such as what is good and just, what moral duties we have, and how we can live a good life. Socially relevant issues are also addressed: How can political institutions be legitimized? Who is responsible for climate protection, and to what extent? What is racism?

History of philosophy examines the historical foundations of philosophical theories. Philosophical classics offer a rich trove of philosophical thought and a sophisticated vocabulary for describing and analysing different problems.

Programme structure

The bachelor's degree programme in philosophy is structured in three academic years. In each of them, certain modules must be completed, each of which consist of two or three courses with related contents. The modules of the first year of study are called propaedeutic modules (Propädeutikmodule). In the second year of study, you will deepen your attainments in the basic modules (Basismodule). In the third year of study, you can set your own study focus and choose between several advanced modules (Aufbaumodule). The modules consist of three types of courses: Lectures provide a broad overview of philosophical debates or periods in the history of philosophy. Exercises are conducted in small groups and focus on acquiring fundamental philosophical skills. Seminars provide a platform for critical discussions and delve into specific texts or topics that are intensively analyzed throughout the semester.

Year 1 (semesters 1 and 2)

You have to complete a total of 6 courses from 3 propaedeutics modules, each consisting of 1 lecture and 1 exercise. The module *Logic* is compulsory:

  • Logic

Besides, you have to choose 2 of the following modules:

  • Theoretical Philosophy I
  • Practical Philosophy I
  • History of Philosophy I

Year 2 (semesters 3 and 4)

You have to complete a total of 6 courses by choosing 2 of the following basic modules, each consisting of 1 lecture and 2 seminars:

  • Theoretical Philosophy II
  • Practical Philosophy II
  • History of Philosophy II

Year 3 (semesters 5 and 6)

You have to complete a total of 2 seminars by choosing 1 of the following advanced modules, each consisting of 2 seminars:

  • Theoretical Philosophy IIIa: Logic, Language and Knowledge
  • Theoretical Philosophy IIIb: Being, Mind and Science
  • Practical Philosophy IIIa: Ethics and Justice
  • Practical Philosophy IIIb: Politics and Culture
  • History of Philosophy III

Programme objectives/Career prospects

A study of philosophy imparts a broad spectrum of methodological, analytical and language skills that are in great demand in various professions. On the website Berufsperspektiven (in German), you will find more information and relevant courses at the department of philosophy and at Heinrich Heine University. Philosophical expertise can be used in tackling concrete problems in life and practice. Employers from various sectors appreciate the ability to grasp problems quickly, to understand complex contexts, and to present solutions clearly. Philosophers work, for example, in public relations, consulting, science management, journalism, and adult education.

Programme start:
Winter semester
Programme duration:
6 semesters
Language of instruction:
German (partially: English)
Application procedure:
Open admission
Closing date for enrolment:
16/07/2024 - 04/10/2024
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2024 - 15/08/2024
Relevant documents:

Examination regulations

Module guide

Both available in German only.

Study programme contact:

Dr. Christoph Schamberger
Building: 24.52
Room: 01.24



Study programme/Department
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Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345

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