Liberal Arts

In this still young field of study, the aim is to provide a broad scientific education based on personal interests.

The field of study at a glance

While German universities today are mostly disciplinary-oriented, the liberal arts, including liberal education, serve to train accomplished generalists based on the Anglo-Saxon model.

The course is therefore interdisciplinary and incorporates knowledge from the areas of natural science, engineering, politics and society, the environment, law, economics and culture.

The bachelor's degree program is aimed at students for whom a specialist degree appears to be too narrow a horizon. The aim of the course is to learn cross-disciplinary thinking based on real problems. The problem-solving strategies acquired are applied and practiced on complex questions from science and practice.

Course offered

The bachelor's degree program is currently only offered at four universities in Germany. The course names are, for example, Liberal Arts and Sciences or Studium Individuale. There is currently no master's degree program.

Contents of the course

The Bachelor's degree program in Liberal Arts imparts broad, interdisciplinary basic scientific knowledge. The focus of content can be set, for example, in the areas of society, economics, culture or natural sciences. Possible study modules include: anthropology and experience, contexts of knowledge, culture and communication, dealing with numbers, statistics and models.

Career opportunities after graduation

Graduates are offered various fields of activity in the private sector and in institutions, e.g. in the areas of press and public relations, adult education, art or cultural management, journalism or editing.