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... looks into questions such as ...

  • How do we know anything about historical events?
  • How are historical events evaluated today?
  • To what extent can this reception reveal something about contemporary societies?
  • What is history in the first place? Who writes and relates history, and did the things we learn from sources and history books truly happen like that?
  • What is memory culture, what is collective memory? Do we need monuments and memorials?
  • Why is the First Crusade still relevant in the 21st century?In what way can it be problematic to name streets or places after historical figures?

Degree programmes


History, Bachelor 2 subject


Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 6 semesters
Classroom language: German

2-Subject Bachelor Programme: This degree programme requires a second subject.
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Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

at RUB, students have the opportunity to grasp, understand and assess historical contexts, firstly through the cross-epochal IPS and later in elective fields that provide numerous specialisation options.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • antiquity, the middle ages, and the early modern period
  • individual regions (e.g. Eastern Europe, North America, Turkey)
  • systematic research (e.g. economic history, gender history)
  • practical professional training
  • history of the Ruhr/social movements(ISB)
  • interdisciplinary and international research

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • an interest in historical contexts
  • above-average knowledge of the German language in spoken and written form
  • enjoyment of critical thinking, discussions and of developing content with others
  • enjoyment of reading, including historical sources and specialist texts
  • language skills

... enjoy:

  • critical analysis of historical facts and their reception in the present
  • learning about historical worlds, societies and cultures
  • developing their own ideas and argumentation strategies
  • working out and presenting historical topics without supervision
  • writing (specialist) texts
  • creating presentations alone and/or in groups

... struggle through:

  • the Integrated Proseminar (IPS), learning the basics of history in the first two semesters as well as research skills that are valuable outside the history degree
  • a lot of (exiting) specialist literature
  • various sources, including foreign-language ones
  • the tools of the historian necessary to analyse, present and classify historical events

Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • as teachers (through optional modules relevant for the M.Ed. degree) at schools (grammar school, comprehensive school, upper secondary level II, i.e. schools of the Gymnasium and Gesamtschule type)
  • in professions where history is taught (e.g. museums, memorials, archives)
  • in the media sector (print, radio, television)
  • in libraries
  • in the further education sector and in public relations

And else?

An internship ...

is recommended. It is done in the 3rd-5th semester.
Duration: min. 4 weeks

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 3rd or 4th semester.
Duration: 1 semester

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Studienberatung Geschichte
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Contact students

Fachschaft Geschichte
Building, Room: GA 5/37
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-27896
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