Business and Economics (BA)

What is Business and Economics about?

Note: The two-subject Bachelor's degree programme Business and Economics at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology must not be confused with the Bachelor's degree programme Business Studies at the School of Business and Economics in Nuremberg.

In Business and Economics, you are introduced to the foundations of economics and all important economic practices. You will be prepared for a career in companies in industry and the service sector, in administration, associations and political parties. Throughout the programme, basic knowledge in business administration and economics is combined with contents from a second subject, equipping you for a variety of occupational fields. In business administration, you focus on marketing, production and procurement, organisation management, strategic corporate management and corporate accounting. In economics, you focus on monetary, fiscal, social, labour market and financial policy in Germany and the European Union.

Specifically, you are introduced to the foundations of economics which involve mathematical models to analyse how economic decisions affect the individual and budgets. You study essential macro-economic topics such as the development of unemployment and inflation and determine how long-term economic growth can be ensured. These topics are refined in focus modules and economic elementary seminars and applied to current issues such as the causes and consequences of the global financial crisis, the debt crisis in the euro zone and the implications of demographic change. In business administration, you are introduced to essential foundations of the subject such as corporate management, logistics, marketing and finances. Moreover, you learn the basics of business accounting and the most important legal regulations for economists.

What can I do with this degree?

The degree programme prepares you for a variety of careers by equipping you with relevant theoretical knowledge and practical skills. You can choose from a whole range of careers in

  • industrial and service companies
  • administration, associations and political parties.

By choosing a second subject from the module catalogue of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology you can form your own specialised profile. Your economic foundations are supplemented with skills from another subject, such as sociological methods or another language. This will also broaden your general knowledge.

What qualities and skills do I need?

Business economics is suitable for students who have

  • an interest in current topics of economics and business administration
  • an interest in dealing with complex and controversial economic issues
  • the ability to familiarise themselves with new topics by reading relevant literature, also in English
  • the readiness to learn and understand analytical economic models
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • Flexible combinations with other subjects
  • The degree programme covers a wide range of topics
  • The contents are relevant for many areas of social research
  • You can study in the wonderful city of Erlangen
Potential challenges
  • In business and economics, abstract thinking is required, which does not come naturally to everybody.
  • Many economic models are formalised mathematically.
  • At the start of the degree programme you will attend many large introductory lectures. However, tutorial groups are small.
Difference to the teaching degree (Lehramt)

The Business and Economics degree programme (BA) and the teaching degree are virtually identical during the first six semesters. In the teaching degree, you also complete modules in teaching methodology and education theory. The teaching degree for secondary schools (Lehramt für Gymnasien) comprises additional modules (Vertiefung) in the seventh to ninth semester, such as advanced seminars in business administration and economics.

Combinable degree programs

Can be combined*

Archaeological Sciences (BA), Book Studies (BA), English and American Studies (BA), French Studies (BA), German Language and Literature (BA), Greek Philology (BA), Hispanic Studies (BA), Islamic-Religious Studies (BA), Italian Studies (BA), Cultural History of Christianity (BA), Art History (BA), Latin Philology (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Oriental Studies (BA), Education (BA), Political Science (BA), Chinese Studies (BA), Scandinavian Studies (BA), Sociology (BA), Theatre and Media Studies (BA)

*These courses are scheduled in such a way that the subjects can usually be combined without overlapping.

Can be combined after consulting a study advisor*

Computational Linguistics (BA), Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), History (BA), Indo-European and Indo-Iranian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Philosophy (BA)

As it is not guaranteed that there will be no overlap between teaching times in this combination, you will be required to submit proof of consultation with a study advisor when enrolling. Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) or the Student Service Centre of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.

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Degree type: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Type of study: Two subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions

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