International Business and Social Sciences, B.A.
International interdependence of economics as well as interaction of regional economical systems has led to a sharp increase of multinational operating companies and organisations. This development is considered in this course of study. The structure of the course follows a logical sequence of economics, politics, law, and social sciences. Special emphasis is placed on international aspects of these disciplines. Here a special focus is placed on the interdisciplinary link between economics and relevant aspects within the realm of social science.
This combination offers graduates the opportunity to not only analyse and assess scientific issues from an economical point of view, but also ethical, moral and social ones as well. The course of study is taught in English in order to better prepare for the requirements of a competitive international job market. Economic questions are assessed in application-oriented ways, and examined with regard to the greater picture, i.e. the economy as a whole. To further bolster graduates’ qualifications, the curriculum of our International Business and Social Sciences programme is defined by a strong interdisciplinary focus that permeates our modules from the first semester onwards.
Continual use of experimental economic research enables students to master application-oriented analysis of real-life decision making situations under controlled laboratory conditions. This, in turn, promotes the development of a profound understanding of the complex interactions in economics.
Graduates of the undergraduate degree programme possess sound knowledge of basic concepts and methods of economics and are knowledgeable about the requirements of economically and socially responsible behaviour. Their qualifications make them ideal candidates for the international job market or for postgraduate studies.
The standard study duration for this programme is seven semesters (full time). Classical basics of business and economics and also analytical skills and basic knowledge in social sciences are taught in the first three semesters. The fourth and fifth semester are dedicated to consolidating this basis of knowledge, refining your skills with added depth and scope. Accordingly, you’ll develop your own professional profile in these semesters by selecting elective specialisation subjects in line with your strengths and interests.
The sixth semester is dedicated to gathering experience, whether in work placement or at a university during an academic exchange. In the seventh and final semester, you’ll write your final thesis. Here the course also distinguishes itself through its strong focus on practical relevance, as graduates are encouraged to write their thesis in cooperation with the private sector. For many students, the undergraduate thesis is based closely upon their practical experiences/cooperation from the sixth semester.
The strong focus of the course of study on international aspects concerning content, linguistic competence and transcultural experiences opens up to graduates a wide field of activity, especially at internationally operating companies and organisations. Individual emphasis of economics and social sciences in elective specialisation modules enables students to sharpen their own profile, narrowing their specialisation down to a particular field of activity that they are more inclined to.
Potential fields of employment for graduates are:
- Management and specialist positions at companies and organisations specialising in accounting, finance and auditing
- Management consulting
- Positions in central corporate management, for example in strategy departments
- Management and organisational positions in non-profit organisations
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Head of Degree Programme:
Professor Dr. Thomas Lucht (currently not available due to illness)
Professor of Business Administration with an emphasis on
Human Ressources and Organisation
Prof. Dr. Ralf Bauer
Professor of Business administration with focus on controlling and cost accounting
Prof. Dr. Philipp Schorn
Professor of Business administration with an emphasis on accounting and auditing
Scientific Staff in the study course International Business and Social Sciences, B.A.
Stefan van Brackel, B.A.
Office: 2A 01 015
Office hours (during the lecture period):
Tuesday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.