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Historical Studies
Bachelor of Arts (Minor subject)

Short description

Short description

The History BA study programme at Heinrich-Heine-University is part of a combined study programme where one major subject has to be combined with a minor subject.

Combination options

For this study programme you need a major subject

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

Entry/Admission requirements

Admission requirement is the general or relevant Abitur (high school graduation).

Programme content

History as part of an BA study programme as major or minor subject. Fundamental historical knowledge about ancient, medieval and modern periods as well as Eastern European History will be imparted in six semesters along with the possibility to specialise on a certain field. Method training, a praxis module and a four week internship is mandatory when studying history as a major subject.

The main goal of the study programme is to enable students to analyse political, cultural and economical phenomens of the past and present them in a scientific manner.

History students at HHU benefit from many professional contacts, an international internship programme and many partnerships with European universities.

Programme structure

At Heinrich-Heine-University History can be studied within a broad range: from the beginning of classical civilization in Ancient Greece to the modern information society, from political, economical and social history to cultures and mentalities of the past.

In the first year of study students get an overview on the four focus areas Antiquity, Middle Ages, Modern Period and Eastern Europe as well as the methodological basis. In the second year the historical toolkit will be trained with concrete case examples. The third and concluding year leads to an autonomous scientific work with historical topics.

The Department of Historical Studies is made up of two chairs for older epochs, three chairs for the modern period and one for Eastern European History. Additional workspaces exist for economical and global history. Topics in teaching and research include among others: European and Regional Studies, Historiographie in Antiquity, German-French relationships, First World War, Jews and Anti-Semitism, Economical and Cultural History, History of East Central and South Eastern Europe, History of the Germans in Eastern Europe, Digital History.

Programme objectives/Career prospects

The study of history prepares for a wide variety of possible jobs in media, education, information processing and public or private institutions. Imparting practical competence with project seminars and internships is an integrated part of the study programme.

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. Lars Hageneier

Dr. Susanne Brandt

Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345


For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
Contact Examination Administration

Student Services Center (SSC)

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