Philosophy – Bachelor of Arts


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

The aim of philosophy is to explore, interpret and understand the world and human existence. Philosophical questions are the essential source of historical and contemporary discussions on the freedom of will, the foundations of moral norms, the possibility of knowledge and the relationship between language and reality. Consequently, during your studies of philosophy you will learn how to formulate questions and to discuss possible answers, to examine and critically discuss various approaches, to clarify, explain and create concepts, and to introduce differentiations. At the University of Konstanz you will discover a special teaching emphasis on systematic philosophy. You will gain a solid overview of central fields in philosophy and its history. You will concern yourself with the theories of classical and modern philosophers, and you will learn how to think and express yourself with precision when addressing and analysing complex philosophical problems.


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:50

Why study Philosophy at Konstanz?

  • Excellent personal supervision
  • Student tutorials complement the core courses and compulsory classes
  • Numerous research initiatives in the department
  • Broad spectrum of interdisciplinary courses
  • Wide range of conferences, colloquia and workshops for students



Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Typical work areas include:

  • Media (publishing houses, newspapers, and television)
  • (Adult) education or consulting
  • Library sector
  • Public administration

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 Philosophy.

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.

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 Philosophy 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.

  • HistoryStudying history means that you will learn about everything from antiquity to the Middle Ages and through to modern and contemporary history while pursuing your own special interests. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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


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

Study abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • You are interested in philosophical questions
  • You enjoy working with scientific and very complex texts
  • Very good verbal skills
  • Logical and abstract way of thinking
  • Structured working methods
  • Good English skills

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills.

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.

Documentation 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 Begabtenbefreiuunssatzung (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.

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