Political Science (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

In Political Science you deal with the theoretical and practical aspects of politics. You acquire knowledge of theoretical fundamental questions in politics considered against their historical ideological background, the political system in Germany, other international systems of government and international relations.

You will find answers to these questions: Who are the decision-makers in politics? What are their agendas and strategies? Why are some political systems more stable than others? How does the European Union work? How can war and peace be explained with regard to relations between states? Which political ideas have formed over time and how do they affect politics?

What can I do with this degree?

The degree programme qualifies you to work in

  • journalism, administration, associations (NGOs) and companies at a national, international and supranational level
  • political parties, parliaments and political groups, as well as for politicians, at the EU, federal, state and local level
  • non-formal political education
  • policy consulting
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • a real interest in the theoretical and practical forms of politics
  • readiness to thoroughly read large volumes of texts
  • ability to express yourself well
Good reasons for choosing this degree programme
  • FAU is one of the few universities in Germany where you can study political science with public law as the second subject.
  • You can also choose modules from the Chair of Human Rights.
  • At our Institute, we have experts in the politics in the Middle East and Far East.
Potential challenges
  • The degree programme does not train you to be a politician.
  • You are not automatically qualified to work in journalism.
  • Languages are important in political science – you have to have very good English language proficiency (UNIcert II according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages B2). Other language skills will be a huge advantage.
  • For your future career, it is important that you already start to obtain specialist qualifications (placements, language qualifications, key qualifications) in the Bachelor's degree programme.
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), 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), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Public Law (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Oriental Studies (BA), Education (BA), Philosophy (BA), Chinese 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), Latin Philology (BA), Scandinavian 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 FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree program: Winter Term

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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