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.