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Economics, Politics, and Social Thought (B.A.)

Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University

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Xenia Muth
Tel.: 030 43733 121
admissions@no-spamberlin.bard.edus.hausotter@no-spamecla.de

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Welcome to Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University

Bard College Berlin was founded with the aim of returning small-group seminar teaching and interdisciplinary undergraduate education in the liberal arts to the highest levels of the European university context where those methods originated. With an innovative and challenging core curriculum, a small and highly international student body, and a world-class teaching faculty, Bard College Berlin provides a range and depth of education that is unique. We believe that specialized study in individual disciplines should proceed on the basis of a broad and thorough knowledge of intellectual traditions and the major debates, works, and transformations that have animated them.

At Bard College Berlin, students cultivate the capacity for critical thinking, as well as excellent speaking and writing skills, the ability to debate in a well-informed and open way, and civic-mindedness both inside and outside the classroom. These skills establish a solid preparation for many future career paths: Bard College Berlin alumni have advanced to successful careers in international relations, public policy, the arts, education, and many other fields, as well as graduate study at the world’s most highly regarded universities.

Overview – B.A. in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought

  • Qualification: Bachelor of Arts
  • Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Credits earned: 240 ECTS credits
  • Concentrations:
    • Economics
    • Politics

B.A. in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought

The B.A. in Economics, Politics, and Social Though connects the study of economics with the history of political and social though, and with the study of art and culture. Above all, the aim of the program is to provide a rigorous interdisciplinary training, while creating the opportunity to reflect on and explore the key questions that guide decision-making in the public and private sectors.

In the economics component, students take introductory courses in quantitative measurement and in macro- and microeconomics. Advanced courses address the transnational shifts and debates concerning social, monetary, and human values that have shaped – or been neglected by – the operation of state structures, organizations, and markets. Students specialize by choosing either Economics or Politics as their concentration.

The academic lineage of “social thought,” which has its roots in postwar Germany and the United States, is committed to examining the key innovations of human life and culture within the framework of their social and political determinations. The core program at Bard College Berlin consists of courses that engage some of the most important texts, artifacts, and debates in the cultural legacies of Europe and the world. In the first-year core program, students explore the conflicts and innovations that emerged in ancient and medieval philosophy and culture, with a focus on the various influences and interactions that created the fundamental values and practices that shape our understanding of human life and society. The second-year core addresses new forms of knowledge that developed in the Renaissance and the connections they reveal between the arts and sciences. In its final year, the core encompasses study of the origins of the disciplines known as the social sciences, and the modes of experiment that make up the movement called Modernism. A flexible degree plan in the third and fourth years allows students to study abroad for up to two semesters in their third year. During the fourth year, students take part in a research colloquium and a senior core seminar in their field, and complete a B.A. thesis project.

Students shape a specialized academic profile through their chosen area of concentration, guided by faculty members who help them develop a program of study tailored to their interests and future plans. Within the elective component of the degrees, students may choose from a wide variety of courses in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. They may also pursue an internship for academic credit. All B.A. candidates must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in German by the end of their second year.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have a high school degree by the time they matriculate into the program. B.A. students may be eligible to obtain both a German B.A. degree from Bard College Berlin and an American B.A. degree from Bard College. For admission to the German B.A. degree program, students must have a high school qualification that is recognized by the German State as being equivalent to the Abitur. For information on the prerequisites, visit our website.

Bard College Berlin's programs are taught entirely in English. Therefore, applicants need to provide documentation of knowledge of English equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g. TOEFL IBT: 95, IELTS Academic: 7.0. See our website for a detailed list of equivalent test scores. If you have successfully completed one year of high school or university with English as the primary language of instruction, you do not need to submit an additional test.

Applications must be submitted online through Bard College Berlin’s electronic application form. Please visit our website for details on how to apply.

Regular Admission: January 1
Late Admission: May 1

Contact

Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University
Platanenstrasse 24
13156 Berlin
Tel +49 30 43733 0
Fax +49 30 43733 100
admissions@no-spamberlin.bard.edu

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