European Studies: Geographies of Europe (B.A)
The Bachelor’s degree programme in European Studies: Geographies of Europe is concerned with spatial development processes in Europe. It focuses on a wide range of political, economic and social aspects, especially within the European Union, and their geographical manifestations. For example, concepts from geography and neighbouring scientific disciplines are applied to explain processes of economic and urban development or to interpret intergovernmental relations and migration movements. Students on this programme also get acquainted with methodological approaches used in social research and with digital geographic information systems. Graduates are well qualified to enter the job market immediately after obtaining their Bachelor’s degree, but they can also go on to study for a wide range of interesting Master’s degree programmes in the field of human geography such as the M.A. programme Border Studies at Saarland University.
In addition to the subject-specific knowledge students acquire in the field of geography, the degree programme in European Studies: Geographies of Europe provides an overview of European issues. In the interdisciplinary core area, students learn more about development processes, current trends and perspectives on Europe. Historical knowledge and knowledge of current developments in the field of history, geography, politics, language, law, literature and media allow students to independently study and critically reflect upon complex issues. Students choose a specialist subject which supplements the basic knowledge of European contexts taught in the degree programme.
The Bachelor's programme in European Studies: Geographies of Europe at Saarland University offers students the opportunity to choose an interdisciplinary degree programme focusing on development processes, current trends and perspectives regarding Europe. Historical knowledge and knowledge of current developments in the field of history, geography, politics, language, law, literature and media allow students to independently study and critically reflect upon complex issues.
Therefore, students on the Bachelor’s programme in European Studies who wish to focus on geography may do so by choosing the interdisciplinary area of specialization 'European Studies: Geographies of Europe'. Europe and the European Union develop at different speeds and are characterized by spatial inequalities, which correlate with political, social, economic, ecological, and other consequences. The programme 'Geographies of Europe' approaches today's Europe from a perspective characterized by spatial/regional science. In this context, concepts from human and cultural geography are particularly important as they enable students to explain, for example, economic and urban development. In addition, this B.A. programme allows students to develop methodological skills. Especially due to the programme’s focus on quantitative and qualitative methods used in social research as well as geographic information systems and digitalisation, graduates are well qualified to enter the job market or to go on to study for a Master's degree.
Internationality and work-integrated learning are also important aspects of this degree programme: students need to deepen their skills of foreign European languages, and the programme includes a stay abroad and a work placement or internship.
The three Bachelor's degree programmes in European Studies are composed of three areas (core area, specialist subject, mandatory elective section) and are identical except for the specialist subject. When enrolling, prospective students on the European Studies programme can choose one of the following specialist subjects: Geographies of Europe, Modern and Contemporary History, Comparative Literature. Students must earn total of at least 180 ECTS credits to obtain the Bachelor's degree.
Core area (102 ECTS credits)
In the core area, which all students in the Bachelor’s degree programmes in European Studies need to complete, they are taught basic knowledge about Europe. These courses provide an interdisciplinary overview of historical and current development processes which will help the students understand how Europe became what it is today.
Introductory events and advanced courses in the fields of geography, history, intercultural communication, media and cultural studies, political science and law create the ideal basis for the students to understand Europe.
- Einführung in Geschichte, Entwicklungslinien und Raumkonstrukte Europas
- Einführung in die Bevölkerungs- und Migrationsstudien
- Einführung in die Bevölkerungs- und Migrationsstudien
- Einführung Europa: Medienkulturen/Kulturmedien
- Einführung in das Regieren im Mehrebenensystem Europas
- Europäische Integration
- Basismodul Interkulturelle Kommunikation oder Basismodul Französische
- Kultur- und Medienwissenschaft
- Einführung in das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten.
The core area also includes language courses (9 ECTS credits), which prepare students for their stay abroad and represent an additional qualification.
Students spend their fifth semester staying abroad (Erasmus semester or, for students of the 'European Studies: Geographies of Europe' programme, a research stay; 20 ECTS credits).
A work placement or internship (12 ECTS credits) with a European focus offers the opportunity to gain insights into working practice.
At the end of their studies, students will have to complete a Bachelor's thesis (12 ECTS credits).
In total, the core area comprises 102 ECTS credits.
Specialist subject (60 ECTS credits)
The specialist subject (60 ECTS credits) chosen at the time of enrolment is studied in parallel allowing students to specialize in a specific field. In this case, this field would be 'Geographies of Europe'. In the specialist subject, students are taught subject-specific knowledge. By selecting their specialist subject according to their interests, students can qualify for further study and career opportunities. Students specialize in cultural and human geography by completing the following modules (60 ECTS credits):
- Einführung in Gesellschaft und Raum: Introduction to human geography; social and spatial development processes (lecture course and exercise class)
- Einführung in die Europäische Siedlungsentwicklung: Stadt-Land-Welten im Wandel (Lecture course, exercise class and one-day field trip)
- Aktuelle raumbezogene Entwicklungen und Konflikte in Europa (seminar und advanced seminar)
- Methoden empirischer Forschung: introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods and application of these methods (two exercise classes and one field practical work)
- Methodenvertiefung: Kartographie, GIS und Digitalisierung (exercise class); Räume und Gesellschaften im Wandel (project seminar)
- Große Exkursion Europa (preparatory seminar and one-week excursion).
Mandatory elective section (18 ECTS credits)
In addition, students take courses from the mandatory elective section. Students are required to complete mandatory elective courses corresponding to 18 ECTS credits. In this section, the prospective researchers in the field of European Studies can select modules from a course catalogue according to their individual interests and depending on the qualifications they wish to acquire to complete their profile.
In the mandatory elective section, students can take courses from the following fields:
- Business Administration
- European Comparative Media Studies
- Classical Archaeology
- Modern and Contemporary History
- Romance Languages and Literature
- Comparative Literature Studies
- Prehistory and Early History
- 'Optionalbereich' including certificates (e.g. Applied Pop Studies, Gender Studies, German as a Second Language and GSL Methodologies for Schools)
Central Student Advisory Service
Campus Center, Building A4 4, ground floor
Phone: +49 681 302-3513
Dr. Ines Funk
Building C5 3, room 2.12
Phone: +49 681 302-64201
The B.Sc. Programme is not subject to entry restrictions. Students can only join the programme in the winter semester.
Prospective students can apply for enrolment to the first semester online via the Saarland University’s SIM portals; they do not have to apply for admission beforehand.
Please note: If you wish to join the programme in a higher study semester and to change your subject area, you must also submit a formal record of recognition of prior learning provided by the responsible Examination Office.
Please only submit the documents required for your enrolment directly in the SIM portal when completing your enrolment application.
If you have any questions about the SIM portals, please visit our SIM Saarland support pages where you will find lots of information, videos and step-by-step instructions.
Different rules and regulations may apply for prospective students whose pre-university education credentials were obtained in a country other than Germany.
Experten für das Europa von morgen
Wie wird in Europa Politik gemacht? Was sind gemeinsame Werte? Und was kennzeichnet Grenzregionen wie das Saarland? "Um Europa zu verstehen, reicht es nicht aus, sich mit dem europäischen Einigungsprozess nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg zu beschäftigen. Man muss auch die politischen Entscheidungsstrukturen der Europäischen Union kennen und die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung verfolgen", erklärt Florian Weber, Juniorprofessor für Europastudien. Im Unterschied zu anderen Europa-Studiengängen wählen die Studierenden an der Saar-Uni dazu auch ein Vertiefungsfach: Geographie, Neuere Geschichte oder Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft.
Accredited study programmes
Saarland University was one of the first universities in Germany to successfully complete the system accreditation procedure. Since 2012, it has carried the seal of the Accreditation Council.