Philosophy – Bachelor of Arts

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

During your studies you will gain an understanding of the theories and positions of classical and contemporary philosophers. You will discuss crucial questions, such as free will, the rationale of moral norms, the potentials of knowledge and the relationships between language and reality. Alongside insights into the history of philosophy and a variety of its sub-disciplines, you will be encouraged to develop a range of valuable skills. These include especially the ability to think carefully and analyse critically, to develop structured approaches to reading and writing texts, to critically assess arguments, and the ability to develop your own arguments creatively and independently. The study of philosophy will enable you especially to pose foundational questions and to repeatedly scrutinise and challenge the foundations of existing theories and positions, rather than relying exclusively on a prescribed framework of discussion.


Overview

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Programme startWinter semester
Language(s)Deutsch | Englisch
Period of study6 semesters
Application deadline17.5. –  15.9.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS180
⌀ Number of students:50

Why study Philosophy at Konstanz?

The Philosophy Department at the University of Konstanz features systematic areas of focus. This means that, rather than approaching the history of philosophy mainly as the history of ideas, you will be addressing historical positions and the extent to which their contents and arguments are convincing.
In addition to this, the department likes to pursue interdisciplinary approaches in both teaching and research. As a student you will benefit especially from regular offers of interdisciplinary lectures and classes/events.
Our philosophy students enjoy very good study conditions.
There are no overcrowded lectures and seminars, and the staff-student ratio allows excellent personal contact and supervision. In addition to this, the core courses and the compulsory courses in logic are accompanied by student tutorials.  Students can satisfy stronger interests at a large range of conferences, colloquia and workshops based on the department’s numerous research initiatives.

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Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Although there are few professions designed specifically for philosophers, there is a wide range of employment options for graduates with a degree in philosophy.
Possible professional openings include the media (publishing houses, newspapers, and television), education or consulting (adult education, philosophical counselling and therapy, ethical commissions), the library sector or public administration.  As a philosophy graduate, you can also consider working in organisations, management, consulting and controlling, or in politics, the economic or cultural sectors.
In these areas of work, many of the skills that you develop during your study of philosophy will be very useful and transferable. On the other hand, many of the actual contents in the philosophy study programme will play a less important role. So, after completing your degree in philosophy, you should be prepared to build up your practical experience in your area of interest through an internship or other forms of further study and vocational qualification.

Graduate studies

After completing the bachelor's study programme you can take the postgraduate master’s degree in Philosophy offered by the University of Konstanz.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

The study programme is based on modules, i.e. there is a variety of modules from which you are required to attend a specific number of seminars accompanied by the corresponding assessments. In Konstanz the logic classes and the core courses play a significant role within these modules.  The classes in logic consist of the foundation teaching and study of logical semantics and formal logic. The five core courses are designed to provide a systematic introductory overview of sub-disciplines of philosophy, so that students gain an understanding of philosophy in both depth and breadth.

Core course 1: Basic concepts in practical philosophy
Core course 2: Epistemology
Core course 3: Philosophy of ethics and morals
Core course 4: Theory of science
Core course 5: Theoretical philosophy (e.g. metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, ontology)

In addition to your major subject you will also study a minor subject. It is advisable to choose a minor subject that is related to your future career preference.

Please find further information on the study plan.


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

Internship and abroad

Internships

You must complete an internship of at least 8 weeks during the semester break. The staff of the university’s Career Service (in German) are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommendable. You can benefit from the great variety of international contacts maintained by the university staff and take part in exchange programmes with leading European and American universities. The university enables study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and numerous other funding sources.

Voraussetzungen

What interests and skills should I have?

You should really enjoy working with scientific, complex and often very abstract texts. You should be able not only to read texts thoroughly and critically, but also to structure and write your own. Abstract thinking should come easily to you, and you should have a lively interest in logical and consistent reasoning. Philosophy students also need a good command of English, because a large amount of the relevant literature is written in this language. But most of all you need to have a deep-seated interest in philosophical questions, because this will provide you with the motivation and endurance needed to complete the highly demanding course of study.
If you are uncertain whether the study of philosophy really suits your interests and abilities, you should take a look at the department’s websites (in German).
They will provide you with some important tips and examples of original texts that will be explored during your studies.  
Of course, you are not expected to immediately understand these texts before beginning your studies. But you should certainly feel the desire and be prepared to make the effort to deal intensely with these texts.

In a nutshell:

  • you enjoy working with scientific and very complex texts
  • you can express yourself very well  you enjoy logical and abstract thinking  you have structured methods of procedure
  • you have a good command of English
  • you are interested in philosophical questions

Language skills


Teaching language and language(s) of instruction

Teaching language is German.

Admission requirements

Applicants with German higher education entrance qualification:

  • General higher education entrance qualification, or
  • university entrance for working applicants without higher education entrance qualification (special provisions)

applicants with higher education entrance qualification from abroad:

  • German general higher education entrance qualification, or
  • school graduation that permits higher education entrance in the home country and is recognised as equal to the German higher education entrance qualification
  • assessment test (preparatory course / Studienkolleg)

Documentation Orientation Test
When applying for a place to study at universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg you have to take an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test (in German) is the most widely used test. Other recognised orientation tests are listed on the university websites (in German). Please send in your certificate of participation together with your application papers.

Application

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

This study programme begins in the winter semester only.  The application deadline is 15 September.  There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). Please consult the university website for more information.

Application documents

You can find an overview of all required application documents in your application for admission. You will get this application at the end of the online application process.

Application

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