History – Bachelor of Arts


Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment.

The Department of History at the University of Konstanz is one of the most renowned institutions in Germany. You will study the entire spectrum of epochs, from antiquity to the Middle Ages and through to modern and contemporary history. Accents may include, for instance, world history, economic history, Eastern European history, the history of science or media history.
By researching interconnected and epoch-spanning historical contexts, focusing on a certain topic (e.g. religion or trade) or a certain region (e.g. Ancient Near East, Eastern Europe), you will gain a comprehensive overview of history. In small groups you will learn how to deal with research literature and historic sources.


DegreeBachelor of Arts
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study6 semesters
Application period27.05. - 15.9.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS (incl. minor subject)180
Obligatory minor subjectyes
⌀ Number of students:40

Why study History at Konstanz?

  • Our teaching focuses on international history
  • You can individually design your studies by choosing your courses and developing your own study focuses
  • You can choose from a broad range of courses
  • We offer numerous optional services such as tutorials
  • Our staff –student ratio is excellent
  • You will gain early access to practical research
  • Study abroad or internship semester is included
  • We run our own internship service



Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

There is an astonishing variety of professional openings for historians. They often work in professions that demand a high level of independence and in which language skills play a key role. You may find job openings e.g. in

  • the field of arts, culture and media (archives, libraries, museums, publishing, journalism, cultural management, foundations, galleries, press offices)
  • Academia, research and state research institutions
  • companies (e.g. training and further education, public relations, project management, marketing)
  • associations, organisations and agencies
  • political parties, state institutions (e.g. the Bundestag)
  • public administration (e.g. federal or state ministries, universities, city councils)
  • NGO and NPO, international organisation

For a career in Academia or in the field of research, you can directly continue your studies with a Master's Programme and a Doctoral Studies Programme.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

To qualify further the University of Konstanz offers the master’s programme in History.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

Semester 1-4:
You will study the following:

  • basic modules of ancient history, medieval history, history of the early modern age, contemporary history
  • foreign languages
  • an individual area of concentration (epochs or topics such as media history, Eastern European history, economic history)

Semester 5:
You can choose one of these options:

  • semester abroad (language classes and studies at one of our partner universities outside of Germany)
  • internship semester (six months)
  • deepening your scientific knowledge and skills

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities typically consists of a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). You are also required to attend the "Überfachliche berufsorientierte Qualifikationen" (Interdisciplinary career preparation) module (20 credits) and complete an internship. Please click here to find out more about studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities.

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Minor subject

In the History Bachelor's programme, you choose one of the following minor subjects:

  • British and American Studies (BAST)British and American Studies (BAST) is available as a minor subject within the Department of Literature. At the heart of the programme is the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in English.

  • German LiteratureIf you opt for German Literature as your minor subject you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will learn how to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority.

  • French LiteratureFrench Literature is available as a minor subject within the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in French.

  • Gender StudiesYou will analyse the current relationship between the genders in different areas of society and study how it developed historically and how it is changing. This programme is available as a minor subject.

  • Computer ScienceChoosing Computer Science as your minor subject will provide you with a solid foundation in this subject. Computer Science is involved in most areas of our life – from computer games to automatic traffic control to secure online banking. Logical thinking is at the heart of this discipline.

  • Italian LiteratureItalian Literature is available as a minor subject within the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Italian.

  • Classics and the Ancient Near EastDuring your studies you will acquire a solid understanding of the cultures of classical antiquity and their reception. This programme is available as a minor subject.

  • MathematicsThe Mathematics minor encompasses the study of abstract structures and their inherent relationships on the one hand, and seeks to find solutions for problems posed by applied sciences such as engineering, medicine, economics as well as the natural and social sciences on the other.

  • PhilosophyPursuing a minor in philosophy, you will study the theories and positions of classical and contemporary philosophers. Furthermore, you will discuss philosophical questions regarding such topics as the justification of moral norms and the relationship between language and reality.

  • Political ScienceYou will focus on political systems, analyse particular fields in politics and address issues surrounding international relations. This programme is available as a minor subject.

  • LawPursuing a minor in law will equip you with a solid working knowledge of law. You will learn how to understand and interpret current law systematically and conceptually, and how to apply it to everyday situations.

  • Slavic LiteraturesChoosing Slavic Literatures as your minor subject will teach you methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of the literatures and languages of the peoples of eastern and south-eastern Europe.

  • SociologyThe Sociology minor encompasses the study of society. Sociology examines how societies and their social units function, what keeps them together or breaks them apart. You will gain new perspectives on society and learn to describe, understand and explain it.

  • Spanish and Ibero-American StudiesThe Spanish and Ibero-American Studies bachelor's minor is available within the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Spanish.

  • LinguisticsLinguistics, the scientific study of language, is available as a minor subject. Linguistics aims to understand what might be called our “feel for the language”, i.e. our unconscious knowledge of language, and render it conscious. Over the course of the programme, you will learn about the differences and similarities of languages as well as the evolution of language.

  • StatisticsStatistics minor is offered by the Department of Economics. Statistics is used primarily in planning, executing and evaluating comprehensive examinations and experiments. Statistical methods are generally used in medicine, biology and other natural sciences as well as in economics, engineering, psychology and sociology.

  • EconomicsIn the Economics minor programme, you will analyse the economic activities of consumers, enterprises and public institutions.


Internship and study abroad


An 8-week internship (minimum) is mandatory. You can also include an internship semester in your studies. The Departmental Internship Office will help you to find a suitable internship. 

Study abroad

You can choose between a six-month internship semester or semester abroad. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • Interest in history, culture and historical contexts
  • Language skills
  • Solid foreign language skills
  • Qualification in Latin (Latinum) (you can acquire that at the university)
  • Willingness to read extensively
  • Ability to work independently and in a well-structured way

Language skills

Foreign language skills
Qualification in Latin (Latinum), English language skills, at least passive skills in another foreign language. If you have acquired your Latinum at school, you can submit your school certificate (e.g. Abitur-Zeugnis). Otherwise you can complete your Latinum at the beginning of your studies.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The language mainly used in class is German.

Admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

Orientation Test

When applying for admission at universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg you have to take an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test is the most widely used test. Please send in your certificate of participation together with your application papers.


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here. 

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.9. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.

Application Guide
The PocketGuide Application will guide you as you take all the steps towards submitting a successful application to your first-choice study programme at the University of Konstanz.