Joint Bachelor of Arts

Geschichte, J.B.A.


The Joint Bachelor of Arts consists of the studies of two different subjects/components.

The component History consists of Ancient History, Medieval History, Recent/Contemporary History and History of Technology. Modules from the aforementioned areas are added in the two elective subject areas. This gives the students the possibility to create their own subject-specific profile and to obtain specialised knowledge in a specific area of expertise.

English language skills on a B2 level (CEF) are a requirement for admission. Latin might be a requirement for admission (depending on the orientation of the programme).

Part of the programme is also an excursion of several days duration that is financially supported by the Institute.

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Institute for History

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Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Duration: 6 semesters
Language: German
Internship: See the internship regulations and the Praktikumsbörse (internship exchange).
Admission: general university entrance degree, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information.
Procedure: unrestricted
Part-time Degree: possible under specific conditions
Programme Start: winter semester
Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.
Application: Online application
Special Features If the Bachelor’s Thesis is written in the fields of Ancient History or Medieval History, the students are required to prove Latin language skills before admission to the Bachelor’s Thesis.

Unlike, for example, Political Science, which – put in simple terms – mainly examines structures and systems, and furthermore unlike, for example, Philosophy, which is concerned with fundamental questions of human existence as such, the study of History examines concrete individual and special phenomena from different historical eras and attempts to comprehend them in their respective uniqueness and difference to, for example, the present. In accordance with the multitude of its possible objects, it is defined by a broad variety of approaches, which in turn requires a close cooperation and intertwining with neighbouring disciplines such as the systematic social sciences.

The historical sources that are relevant to the respective questions and that are examined using verifiable methods are the means of acquiring historical knowledge. The reception of research literature is just as important. As written sources as well as literature should ideally be read in their original form, foreign language skills are absolutely necessary. English is a requirement for admission; the students should additionally have good language skills in at least one other language (e.g. French, Latin), which might also be a requirement for admission depending on the orientation of the programme regarding content. Furthermore, an excellent command of German is indispensable and endurance when tackling challenging texts is not an insignificant trait in this context.

The Joint Bachelor of Arts programme combines two different programmes, of which at least one must be chosen from the subject spectrum of the Department of History and Social Sciences.

As first subject can be chosen:

Digital Philology; German Studies; History; Musical Culture; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology.

As second subject can be chosen:

Digital Philology; German Studies; History; Computer Science; Musical Culture; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology; Sports Science; Economics…

A disciplinary specialisation is only necessary within the framework of the Master of Arts.

Use these tools for a smart start into the programme:

Online Self-Assessment

Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.

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 the 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.

History (M.A.)

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 the TU Darmstadt. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.

The job market for historians is generally broad and varied. Graduates are especially sought after for positions at universities and institutes or in teaching and research of history. Jobs in archives or in the cultural fields, for example in exhibition planning or in art and culture management, are obvious choices, as well.

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 as well as in the cultural sector. In this context it may also play a role which second component the students have chosen within the Joint Bachelor of Arts. With additional business qualifications, they can find employment in business enterprises (e.g. in marketing and distribution or in human resources). Within the framework of “Studying history – and afterwards?”, the Institute for History at the TU Darmstadt provides further information and presents examples for successful career starts of historians.

It is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. 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.

Degree Programme Guidelines/Study Regulations

General Examination Terms of Technische Universität Darmstadt

Previous degree programme guidelines can be found in the Satzungsbeilagen of TU Darmstadt or on the Webpages of your Studienbüro.