History – Bachelor minor subject


Elective minor in a first degree programme (bachelor).

In history at the University of Konstanz you will study the spectrum from antiquity to the Middle Ages and through to modern and contemporary history, but you will be able to set your own areas of emphasis in the early stages. The study programme links epochs with region-specific (e.g. Ancient Near East, Eastern Europe) and thematic (e.g. economic and social history) areas of emphasis. Here, accents may include, for instance, world history, economic history, Eastern European history, the history of science or media history.


Programme start Winter semester & Summer semester
Application period 07.05. - 15.09. | 29.11. - 15.03.
Admission restrictions no


Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

The study programme is based on modules, i.e. there is a variety of modules from which you have to attend a specific number of lectures and seminars accompanied by the corresponding assessments. The first module of the programme is an introduction to science of history. In lectures you will get familiar with the basics of the subject. You then choose 3 modules from the basic modules of ancient history, medieval history, history of the early modern age, and history of the 19th and 20th century, depending on your personal interest. In the advanced module you deepen your knowledge in one of the three basic modules that you previously selected.

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.

Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.

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What interests and skills should I have?

Historical sources form the foundations of the study programme, which means that you will be reading a great deal of material (historical sources and the appropriate research literature). A variety of language skills, especially the ability to read sources and research literature in different languages, are important for your studies. In addition to this, and in view of the many choice options, you need to be able to work independently and in a well-structured way.

Language skills

You do not have to proof additional language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The language mainly used in class is German.

Admission requirements

The same general entry requirements apply for the major and minor:

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.


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 certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not 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” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

Application documents

During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods etc.) and upload various PDF documents. Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:

  • your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
  • documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ etc.)
  • any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
  • any other required documents (medical certificate etc.)

An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).