History is dedicated to the methodical research of historical events, figures, objects, structures and processes. By investigating the development of political, social and cultural contexts and explaining the relationships between political and social structures and cultural developments, historians raise awareness for historical continuities and discontinuities and the peculiarities of certain eras.

The study of history acquaints students with the questions, methods, theories and solution approaches of historical research with the aim of leading them to conduct their own research work. The focus of this degree program is on in-depth discussion of historical sources (mostly texts) from antiquity, medieval and modern times. Sources are verified by the students, their significance and informational value are analyzed and interpreted. Topics range from political history and the history of international relations to social and economic history, corporate history, legal and constitutional history, church history, urban history as well as the history of culture, ideas and education.

The practical module and accompanying internship offer practical experience and some initial orientation with regard to the profession.

This subject must be combined with a second subject.

Possible lines of work:

Archiving, publishing, libraries, media (newspapers, trade/professional journals, publishers, radio, television, etc.), public relations/press work, teaching at schools, adult education, tourism, museums/cultural institutions, policy consulting, foreign service, academia (teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

Open admission
NC values ​​from previous semesters
2022/2023 Wintersemester
free admission
2021/2022 Wintersemester
free admission
Bachelor of Arts
6 Semester
Winter semester

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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