Political Science (Joint Bachelor of Arts)
|Degree: Joint Bachelor of Arts|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
|Internship: See the internship regulations and Praktikumsbörse (internship exchange).|
|Requirements for Admission: General university entrance degree, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information|
|Admission Procedure: Restrictions on admission; procedure results (n.c. figures)|
|Part-time Degree: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
Degree Programme Structure (please click to read on)
The Joint Bachelor of Arts is an interdisciplinary programme at the TU Darmstadt. It consists of the studies of two different subjects/components. At least one of the two subjects has to be chosen from the programmes of the Department of History and Social Sciences.
The folloging subjects can be chosen as first component:
- Digital Philology
- German Studies (Germanistik)
- History (Geschichte)
- Musical Culture (Musikalische Kultur)
- Philosophy (Philosophie)
- Political Science (Politikwissenschaft)
- Sociology (Soziologie)
As second component, the subjects named under “first component” can be chosen and, additionally:
- Computer Science (Informatik)
- Sports Science (Sportwissenschaft)
- Business Administration and Economics.
That means, the latter three subjects (Computer Science, Sports Science, Business Administration and Economics) cannot be combined with each other.
The combination of two subjects provides students with the opportunity to create an interdisciplinary course of study. The students can also obtain cross-subject knowledge or knowledge from a different subject by means of internships, excursions, language courses, etc. An interdisciplinary specialisation is not required until the Master of Arts programme.
The Joint Bachelor of Arts consists of the studies of two different subjects/components.
The component Political Science, the students acquire knowledge of political institutions as well as processes and forms of political control that take place on different levels within and beyond the nation state. They address political institutions and processes, political theory and the history of ideas or power structures in international relations. Furthermore, they obtain practical skills to be able to address political issues theoretically and empirically.
See the course structure and content in detail on the schedule aside (click to enlarge).
Advice for Porspective J.B.A. Students
Primary object of Political Science is the state, its structure and its functions. Unlike, for example, Studies of History which – put in simple terms – is based on individual and particular events, Political Science looks at the state and the society by which it is carried as whole or as a system and examines especially the structures, processes, functions, etc. shaping this system. As systems and structures are usually complex, Political Studies have to be interdisciplinary in principle and involve neighbouring humanities and social studies such as history, law, business, sociology, philosophy, etc. in its questions and research.
The programme is thus especially suitable for those who are interested in system-oriented, structural problems. The willingness to familiarise oneself with the different interdisciplinary components of Political Science with their subject-specific methods and approaches is absolutely essential. An interest in political current events and in politics in general is an important but not a sufficient prerequisite for the study programme.
Apart from well-founded knowledge acquired at school regarding societal and social structures and knowledge of recent and contemporary history, also on a European and global level, is beneficial as societal structures can only be comprehended based on their historical development.
As research of Political Science furthermore relies on statistics and empirical social research, a sound knowledge of linear algebra and probability theory is useful.
An excellent command of the German written and spoken language is a central requirement for a successful course of study of Political Science, be it for writing seminar papers or for presentations within the programme. Furthermore, good English language skills are required as reading scientific literature in English is a vital part of the programme. Skills in another foreign language are recommended.
Related Degree Programmes
General Information: With the Joint Bachelor of Arts, the students will acquire a first professional qualification. However, the Master of Arts is considered the standard qualification at TU Darmstadt. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.|
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. For further information and in cases of doubt, please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
|Governance and Public Policy (M.A.)|
|International Studies Peace and Conflict Research (M.A.)|
|Political Theory (M.A.)|
The job market for graduates of Political Science is generally broad and varied. Graduates are especially sought after for positions at universities, in teaching and research of Political Science as well as in political education. With the analysis and comparison of the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as other countries or the examination of state and constitutional fundamentals from the point of view of political theory, they can support parties, parliaments, political foundations, the public administration or associations in an advisory capacity or as research consultants.
Depending on the second component the students choose in their Joint Bachelor of Arts programme, other career opportunities can be found in schoolbook and textbook editing, in publishing houses (e.g. in editing), in radio, TV and newspaper editorial teams, in PR and advertisement agencies, in libraries and archives, in international organisations, at Goethe Institutes, as well as in the cultural sector (e.g. as dramaturge at theaters). With additional business qualifications, they can find employment in business enterprises (e.g. in marketing and distribution or in human resources).
For this reason it is important to start gaining practical work experience in relevant organisations early in the degree programme. This way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
de'ge'pol – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politikberatung e.V. (German Association of Political Consultants (de'ge'pol))
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft (German Association for Political Science)
Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW) (German Union for Political Science)