In the two-subject Bachelor's degree program, subjects from the humanities, social sciences and linguistics in particular can be combined. The Bachelor's program is a basic academic course that leads to an initial academic qualification for work in the professional field. Its aim is to teach scientific principles, methodological skills, and job-related skills. The two-subject Bachelor's degree program consists of one major and one minor, whereby the major accounts for approximately two-thirds of the curriculum. This program can be customized. There are a wide range of possible combinations. Sensible combinations of subjects arise from personal interests and desired career objectives.
Restrictions of subject combinations
The major "Art History and Archeology" cannot be combined with the minors "Art History" or "Archeology". If "Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies" (major or minor subject) can not be combined with any archeological subject if the specialization "Archeology of the Ancient Orient" is chosen.
In the integrated field of Culture, Theater and Film, the individual majors "Cultural Anthropology/Folklore", "Theater Studies" and "Film Studies" cannot be combined with a minor from this field.
Foreign language skills
On all Bachelor programs, it is generally assumed that students have a sufficient active and passive knowledge of English, which enables them to attend lectures in English, read English literature, and attend courses conducted in English. In some subjects, additional subject-specific linguistic skills are required, which students must usually demonstrate by the end of the third or fourth semesters.
The language skills are specified in the subject appendix to the examination regulations for the two-subject Bachelor's degree program. You can also find this information on the outline for the individual subjects. Students who do not have the required foreign language skills can acquire them on courses at the Foreign Language Center or the relevant departments. It is recommended that students register for these courses early, as demand is high.
The Latin and/or Greek knowledge required for some majors can be acquired on courses offered by the Department of Classical Philology.
Study and examination regulations
The corresponding subject examination regulations, which can be accessed on the Department of Student Affairs’ website ('Ordnung für die Prüfung im Zwei-Fächer-Bachelorstudiengang'), form the legal basis for each single-subject Bachelor’s program at Johannes Gutenberg University. .
Scope and nature of the Bachelor's examination
The Bachelor's examination consists of the following performance components:
1. the course-related module examinations for the major and minor
2. the written Bachelor's thesis for the major
3. the final oral examination for the major
There is usually no final oral examination for the minor. The grades in the major and minor are calculated from the arithmetic mean of the module examination scores, which are weighted according to the assigned credit points. The overall grade for the Bachelor's examination is normally calculated from the arithmetic mean of the major grade, the minor grade, the grade for the Bachelor's thesis and the grade for the final oral examination, whereby the grades are weighted according to the assigned credit points.
Exceptions to the rule are specified in the examination regulations.
Standard period of study, credit points, and deadlines
The standard period of study including the time taken to complete the Bachelor's thesis and subsequent Bachelor examination is 3 years (6 semesters).
The total semester hours per week is usually max. 80 for modules in the major and max. 40 for those in the minor. To successfully complete the course of study, students must document completion of a total of 180 credit points:
1. in the major modules: 100 to 109 CP
2. in the minor modules: 60 CP
3. in the Bachelor's thesis: 6 to 12 CP
4. in the oral examination: at least 5 CP
The exact number of credit points depends on the choice of subjects in the major and can be found in the subject-specific appendix to the examination regulations.
Each credit point equals about 30 hours of student work.
In the interest of observing the standard period of study, the program is tightly organized.
The courses and internships for the Bachelor's program are offered in modules. A "module" is defined as a thematically and chronologically coordinated, self-contained teaching unit. The teaching and learning content in the modules is less specialized but focuses more on topics and skills, thereby promoting interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity. The length of a module is usually one to two semesters. Each module is completed by passing a module examination, the grade of which is used to compute the final grade of the Bachelor's degree.