History (B.A.)

To understand the present, investigate the past! Many aspects of today’s world have emerged over a long history, sometimes reaching far back into the past. Nevertheless, at the same time, a look at preceding periods shows that the world as we know it and experience it every day is by no means inevitable and self-evident: Previous societies have found their own answers to many of the challenges that we also have to face today. Comparing then and now, thus, reveals the particularities of different cultural orders, social systems, and individual lifestyles over time. In the Bachelor’s programme History, you will acquire expertise and methodology to professionally explore our past and its continuing relevance.

What is the degree program about?

In the science of history, dates and names represent an important framework on which historical knowledge can be built. But that is by no means everything. In the study of history, working techniques, tools and methods are taught in order to understand historical issues and to be able to place them in their temporal context as well as to evaluate historical processes and decisions. Ultimately, these are also considered in the context of our present day and contemporary business, economics, art and culture. In the various specialization options, from Ancient History to Eastern European History to Franconian Regional History, different epochs and regions are covered.

While the lectures often convey a rather broad basic knowledge, the seminars are more specialized. Here you will discuss with other students, for example, the new type of emperorship of Charlemagne up to the reintegration of West Germany after the Second World War. You will ask yourself about the causes and consequences of the collapse of the USSR and examine how the ideas of the Reformation under Luther were expressed through pamphlets and sermons, but also through rituals and symbols.

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