The Bachelor Study Program is offered as a two-subject Program. The main subject is combined with a freely selectable minor subject to allow for an individual focus. In addition, there is an obligatory Interdisciplinary Elective. The standard period of study is 3 academic years (6 semesters). Philosophy can be studied as a major subject or as a minor subject. Both options can qualify for the Master Study Program.
The content of the Philosophy Program is divided into three consecutive study sections and organized into modules, which consist of two or three courses with interrelated content. In the Propaedeutic Modules of the first academic year, the historical and systematic foundations of the subject are taught and logical and argumentative skills are acquired. They each comprise a lecture/seminar and a corresponding exercise.
The module “Logic” has to be completed by all Bachelor students with a final examination in the form of a written exam. Students in the major subject take two more final exams. Students in the minor subject take one more final exam.
In the Basic and Advanced Modules of the second and third academic year the contents in the three major areas of Philosophy are studied in greater depth:
- Theoretical Philosophy
- Practical Philosophy
- History of Philosophy
Each area includes a Basic Module and an Advanced Module. Basic Modules consist of a lecture and two further courses. All three Basic Modules are completed with an examination which is based on the contents of a course. Note that final examinations in the Basic Modules can only be taken after the Propaedeutic Modules have been studied completely.
An Advanced Module consists of two courses and is completed with an examination based on the content of one course. Examinations in the Advanced Modules are weighted twice in the calculation of the overall grade. Note that final examinations in the Advanced Modules can only be taken after the corresponding Basic Module has been studied in full. Thus, an exam in the Advanced Module “History of Philosophy” can only be taken after the Basic Module "History of Philosophy" has been completed.
The Philosophical Colloquium of the Institute offers the opportunity to discuss topics from all areas of Philosophy and to engage in discussions with domestic and foreign guest speakers. Research Colloquia on Theoretical and Practical Philosophy as well as on the History of Philosophy offer new research approaches for critical discussion and present current research activities.
In the Major Subject Study Program a total of 10 modules must be studied, and a final examination must be taken in 9 of them. In the Minor Subject Study Program 6 modules must be studied, and a final examination must be taken in 5 of them. See the tabular overview for details.
Admission Conditions are the general higher university entrance qualification or the subject-linked university entrance qualification and a good knowledge of English. The BA Study Program can only be commenced in the winter semester. A local NC applies to the study of Philosophy, and the application for a study place is made centrally through the Student Service Center (SSC).
The BA Study Program in Philosophy (Major Subject and Minor Subject) according to the examination regulations of 2013 will only be offered to students who started their BA Program according to these regulations before the winter semester 2018/2019. Since both degree programs will continue to be offered in parallel for some time, it is absolutely necessary to select the correct module of the correct degree program when registering for final examinations.