Bakkalaureus/Bakkalaurea Artium in Historical Cultural Studies

Bakkalaureus/Bakkalaurea Artium in Historical Cultural Studies

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Quick facts
ProgrammeHistorical Cultural Studies
Degree awardedBakkalaureus Artium/
Bakkalaurea Artium
Duration and credits6 semesters; 180 ECTS credits
Starts inApril (summer semester)
and October (winter semester)
Language of instructionGerman

About the programme

To properly comprehend our modern way of life and the challenges it harbours, we have to step back and take a thorough look at our history. Understanding our past presents us with an entirely new perspective of where we stand today in terms of culture.

This degree programme deals with interdisciplinary, empirical and cultural studies from an historical angle. It combines the various sub-areas of historical studies – including history of law, art and ecclesiastical history – and rather than focusing exclusively on the major historical eras, allows you to combine your studies with epochal, subject-specific or regional disciplines.

The Bakkalaureus/Bakkalaurea Artium degree programme was designed jointly with the Language Centre and in close cooperation between various disciplines across different faculties, drawing from the areas of history, philology, cultural studies, philosophy, law and economics.


  • Choose your own individual study focus from the various sub-disciplines of History
  • Advanced courses in foreign languages, European cultural area studies and methods for working with historical source material
  • Includes a compulsory internship and a minimum three-day field trip to prepare you for your future occupation
  • Supplementary qualification: Certificate of Digital Humanities

Career prospects

The B.A. Historical Cultural Studies prepares you for a wide range of occupations requiring an in-depth knowledge of history and the ability to critically appraise documents and historical source material. You will learn to evaluate historical developments and abstract information in complex interrelationships, thereby gaining fundamental problem solving skills.

Historians traditionally work in archives and libraries, adult education, media companies, government, the diplomatic service, in the tourism industry and in museums – particularly those with a focus on cultural history.

Programme syllabus

The degree programme consists of four module groups:

A) Core modules
B) Advanced modules
C) Combined modules, Theory and Didactics module, internship and field trip
D) Skills modules

A) You will have to complete five out of the following six core modules, the first three being compulsory: the Ancient World, the Middle Ages, Modernity, History of Art, Ecclesiastical History and History of Law.

B) You will specialise in two focus subjects chosen from: the Ancient World, Occidental Middle Ages, Eastern Europe, Europe the Atlantic World in Modern Times, History of Art, the History of Ecclesiastical Life and History of Law.

C) This module group gives you the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge of theory and methodology from the various sub-disciplines. One of the combined modules is a so-called 'Interloquium': as one of the hallmarks of this programme, the Interloquium aims to combine various facets of cultural studies and history. The Theory and Didactics module allows you to build on the theoretical and methodological knowledge gained in the previous modules and develop your teaching skills. Finally, you will complete an internship in Germany or abroad, ideally in one of the above occupational areas.

D) In module group D, you choose one out of five skills modules (Foreign Languages; Cultural Area Studies; Theology, Philosophy and Psychology; Law, Society and the State; Digital Humanities), which complement and strengthen the knowledge and skills developed in module groups B and C, and are predominantly vocational in nature.

Academic entry requirements

To apply for this degree programme you need a recognised university entrance qualification, e.g. the German Abitur or an equivalent qualification.

German language requirements

You will need German language skills at level B2 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-1 or TestDaF 3×4 with your application, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school).

The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.