Cultural Geography (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

Geographers do not spend their time looking at atlases and learning the names of capital cities off by heart. They deal with social and ecological challenges in specific areas, aiming to understand and explain them and help develop solutions. In the Human Geography degree programme you will investigate current topics such as economical and political globalisation, poverty and social inequality, and crises and conflicts, and learn a variety of specialist methods (cartography, observation, various forms of interviews, geographical information systems). In the first few semesters you will spend equal time on human geography and physical geography. In the later stages you can choose your own specialisations in sub-areas of human geography. You will also study other subjects such as political science, economics, sociology, linguistics (Romance studies or Oriental studies) or archaeology. You will investigate current challenges and gain skills for a future career in a range of possible areas in the public or private sector or in research, depending on your specialisations.

What can I do with this degree?

The subject of geography occupies a unique position between the natural sciences, the humanities and the social sciences. As you will develop strong methodological skills during the degree programme and also study related subjects, there are a wide range of possible careers. By choosing specialisations during the degree programme you can increase your chances on the job market.

Geographers often work in town planning, regional planning or traffic planning, at energy companies or in market research. Other areas that geographers may work in include:

  • public administration
  • the property sector
  • economic development
  • development co-operation
  • specialist publishing, journalism and public relations
  • economic development
  • many other areas where specialist knowledge of the environment and society are required
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in current issues related to society and the environment that is not limited to what is studied in the degree programme
  • an interest in thinking critically and logically instead of learning by heart
  • a passion for the outdoors
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • an intellectually stimulating degree programme including both theory and practice
  • a modern education in geography and related methods
  • a good mix of traditional and innovative teaching styles
  • the chance to gain communication skills and intercultural skills
  • a wide range of possible excursions and an emphasis on the practical side of geography
Potential challenges
  • To prepare for your future career you should choose courses that are relevant to your desired profession from the start and ensure you do not study too broad a range of subjects.
  • Methods such as statistics, geographical information systems and empirical methods for social research are key tools for geographers and must be learnt during the degree programme.
  • The content varies significantly from what is taught in geography at school. In light of this, you should not assume that you will find it easy if you did well in geography at school, although it is of course a good sign if you enjoyed studying the subject previously.
Combinable degree programs

Can be combined*

English and American Studies (BA), German Language and Literature (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*

Archaeological Sciences (BA), Book Studies (BA), Computational Linguistics (BA), Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (BA), French Studies (BA), History (BA), Greek Philology (BA), Hispanic Studies (BA), Indo-European and Indo-Iranian Studies (BA), Islamic-Religious Studies (BA), Italian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Cultural History of Christianity (BA), Art History (BA), Latin Philology (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Oriental Studies (BA), Education (BA), Philosophy (BA), Political Science (BA), Chinese Studies (BA), Scandinavian Studies (BA), Sociology (BA), Theatre and Media Studies (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 program start date and application deadlines

The Cultural Geography course of study is currently exempt from admission (NC-free) and can only be started in the winter semester. Only if you register until 15.7. , you will definitely get a place at the FAU! The application for enrolement is normally done starting at the beginning of June online via

You can find further information on the application process at

on the general FAU info page and as well as on the page for cultural geography of the FAU.

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Degree type: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme, Two subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Size: (currently 50-150 Students)
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Admission: Registration

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