The B.A. in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought provides rigorous training in economics and politics.
The interdisciplinary degree structure allows students to reflect on and explore key questions in the public and private sectors.
Students begin by taking introductory courses in quantitative measurement and in macro- and microeconomics, in addition to comparative politics and policy courses. They then specialize by choosing either Economics or Politics as their concentration, taking advanced modules to deepen their knowledge in their field of choice.
Bard College Berlin’s Core Curriculum engages some of the most important texts, artifacts, and debates in the cultural legacies of Europe and the world. Students can study abroad for up to two semesters in their third year. During the fourth year, students take part in a research colloquium and and complete a B.A. thesis project under close guidance from faculty.
Within the elective component of the degrees, students may choose from a wide variety of courses in the 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.
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
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 BA degree from Bard College. For information on German degree eligibility, 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. If students have successfully completed one year of high school or university with English as the primary language of instruction, they do not need to submit an additional test.
Applications must be submitted online through Bard College Berlin’s electronic application form. Please visit the admissions homepage for details on how to apply.
Early Admission: November 1
Regular Admission: January 15
Late Admission: May 1
Bard College Berlin was founded with the aim of bringing small-group seminar teaching and interdisciplinary liberal arts education back to Europe. Students from over sixty countries acquire the fundamental disciplinary and historical knowledge needed for approaching the concerns and opportunities of the twenty-first century, and master a specialization in a field of the humanities or social sciences.
At Bard College Berlin, students cultivate the capacity for critical thinking, excellent speaking and writing skills, 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 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, such as the University of Cambridge, the University of Chicago, and University of California, Berkeley.