During their third year, students may enrol exclusively in advanced courses in economics (including economic history and economic geography, statistics and econometrics). But they also have the opportunity to choose courses from the following fields: Mathematics, Law, Business Administration, Business Informatics, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology. And it is also possible to attend courses focusing on social skills. Some of these options may even be selected in combination. Please visit this website for further information.
Business Administration (as interdisciplinary elective)
Economics students may attend the following Business Administration courses: Corporate Finance, Marketing, Managerial Accounting, Financial Reporting, Production, and Management. For each of these courses students receive 6 ECTS credits. Since 2015 a selection of additional elective courses is also available to economics students. Further information is available here.
Law (as interdisciplinary elective)
Economics students may choose from a large number of elective courses offered by the Department of Law. Students may freely choose from one single course up to a maximum of 31 credit points. Further information is available here.
Business Informatics (as interdisciplinary elective)
Economics students may enrol in foundation courses and elective courses offered by the Department of Business Informatics. Within this option, at least two foundation courses have to be selected, and up to three elective courses and even the bachelor thesis in the field of Business Informatics may be added. Please visit this website for further information.
Philosophy (as interdisciplinary elective)
Students may choose from courses offered by the Department of Philosophy. Students can choose from three different options to study the elective "Philosophy". They may even write their bachelor thesis in the field of Philosophy. For further information visit this website.
Psychology (as interdisciplinary elective)
Economics students may enrol in the interdisciplinary elective "Psychology" which amounts to 24 to 32 ECTS-credits in total. For further information regarding the specific course outline, please visit this website.
Mathematics, Political Science and Sociology (as interdisciplinary electives)
Economics students may choose from courses offered by the departments of Mathematics, Political Science and Sociology. Since these courses are held during the first four or five semesters, students have to decide for one of these options within their first weeks of study (the courses may be attended on a trial basis during this period).
Mathematics comprises six or more courses, which partly replace and upgrade regular courses of the economics programme: Analysis I, Analysis II, Linear Algebra I, Linear Algebra II/A, Introduction to Statistics, Introduction to Probability Calculus, plus optionally Numerics and/or one or more mathematical elective(s).
The minor in Political Science comprises between 6 and 33 ECTS credits. Students can specialise in “Political Sociology”, “Comparative Government Studies”, “Contemporary History”, and “International Relations”.
The minor in Sociology comprises 35 ECTS credits. Following the foundation courses, students can choose from “General and Specific Sociology” and “European Societies in Comparison”.
Social skills (as interdisciplinary electives)
In addition to a shorter time frame for finishing the Bachelor degree and increasing student mobility, another important concern of the Bologna-Process is to ensure the employability of graduates. Primarily, this refers to the professional education which leads to relevant professional competencies.
In addition to these professional skills, the so-called social skills play an important role. They can be roughly divided into three areas: Methodological skills enable students to recognise, define and solve problems in a practical manner, interpersonal skills refer particularly to the necessity to work in a team orientated economy, and personal skills comprise the ability to work on one’s own responsibly, independently, as well as goal-orientated.
Many of these social skills are acquired following the regular structure of the Bachelor programme. In addition, students may choose (starting in their second semester) from courses which are especially designed to impart specific social skills.
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