Prospective Students

Welcome to the homepage of the Department of History at Münster University

Why study history? How does a degree in history benefit me in the job market? These are frequently asked questions of many future historians, and you have probably also dealt with them yourself. In a nutshell: A degree in history offers you a variety of opportunities for your professional life. Both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills gained are of high value.

But what exactly does it mean to study history? In scientific discourse, political and economic systems and contexts have long since ceased to be the sole focus of investigation. Rather, today’s historians also deal with historical changes of bodies, feelings, and social standards. A lot of the things we consider completely natural today turn out to have undergone constant change if you look at them more closely. A history student therefore learns among other things that everything surrounding us has once been subject to historic change and can further develop in the future. Moreover, the studies of history convey practical skills like critical thinking, methodical research, concise reasoning and academic writing, i.e., much-sought-after abilities in and outside the field of history.

The Department of History at the University of Münster, given its size and the diversity of its fields of research, offers (prospective) students a wide range of courses covering all eras and continents, thus providing students with opportunities far above average for their individual development and possible specialties.

If you are interested in studying at the Department of History, you have the choice between the Bachelor’s and Master’s teacher training program (Hauptschule, Realschule and Gesamtschule and Gymnasium/Gesamtschule) and the Bachelor and Master of Arts program. All programs offer you the freedom to discover your own individual specialty. Here is an overview of our study offer.

We appreciate your interest in our study programs and hope to welcome you very soon!

  • Job-relevant skills gained from 2-Fach Bachelor Geschichte

    The study program 2-Fach Bachelor Geschichte conveys relevant skills for activities within the academic field and beyond. It provides you with the following strengths that are at the core of its mission:

    Knowledge in historiography

    In the lectures and seminars, you will gain a historical overview and, using examples, a more profound academic understanding of individual areas of human actions in the past. You will develop an understanding of the developments and structural problems of different historical eras.
    This understanding of the past is especially valuable in situations that require the assessment and evaluation of human decisions and actions. Because referring to a past that has been thoroughly analyzed helps a lot when it comes to assessing present situations and putting them into perspective.

    Research competence

    Through the elaboration of seminar papers, presentations and the Bachelor’s thesis you learn how to gather information on different topics in a target-oriented way.
    In today’s work environment, where the possibilities of information gathering are endless, such research abilities are essential for both autonomous and auxiliary activities as they help you prepare informed decisions. Moreover, this competence allows you to acquire further high-level knowledge within your own field or another.

    Analytical skills and critique of sources

    The historiographical instrument of source critique, which you acquire in the seminars and Übungen, equips you to classify statements according to the situation they resulted from as well as according to the interests of author and addressee. You will be able to apply your methodical skills to judge, evaluate, and assess the individual circumstances. Combined with the research competence you will develop the key ability to assess job-related information and, based on that information, make a decision and identify the consequences for the team, your superiors and yourself.

    Knowledge in historical culture

    In module 7 (Einführung in die Geschichtsdidaktik bzw. Geschichtskultur / Introduction to didactics of history and historical culture) you will be taught the basics of imparting historical knowledge in a non-academic and public environment. The knowledge and methods in the area of historical culture can help you start careers in typical fields that communicate history, e.g. museums, cultural institutions and publishers, but also agencies and institutions committed to the so-called “Histotainment” in exhibitions, TV, Internet and other media.

    Presentation skills

    Through presentations, seminar papers and the Bachelor’s thesis you learn to express yourself appropriately both orally and in writing by processing information and conveying it in a comprehensive way. These are important qualifications in almost every field of activity to do with catching and convincing others. Especially for jobs in communication, e.g. journalism and public relations, as well as in museums and in editing, these skills are crucial.

    Time and organization management

    You will learn to organize your own working time for the preparation and follow-up of courses and exams and to finish your seminar papers in time. For group presentations in seminars you will train yourself in the implementation of efficient team work. Last but not least, you will prove with your Bachelor’s thesis that you are capable of managing a small research project on your own. Independent work as well as efficient team coordination are very much appreciated characteristics in those fields of activity marked by a high level of autonomy, particularly for project work or entry-level leadership duties such as the supervision of trainees.

    (Prepared with the support of the WWU Career Service | last updated on 29 April 2016)

  • How to apply

    The application formalities are different for each course of study. As a rule, all Bachelor’s programs begin in the winter term. The programs Master of Arts and Master of Education may also be started in the summer term. Please read the respective study regulations for information on the application documents required. Here is an overview of all current courses of study within the subject of history.

    The application process for all courses of study is run by the central WWU online application portal. Please make sure to have all necessary documents at hand in PDF format. Click here to find out about application deadlines.

  • Information on Transfer

    Change of Universities

    You are already studying history at another German university and you wish to change into a higher semester at the Department of History? Please note that the courses you took at other universities must be equivalent to the study requirements of the programs at Münster University. Furthermore, you should be aware that also your second subject might cause complications. For your application please turn to the Student Admissions Office (Studierendensekretariat).

    Change of subjects

    You are already studying (an)other subject(s) at Münster University or another German university and wish to transfer into the first semester of history at the Department of History? Please note that admission to a higher semester is only possible if the courses you took are equivalent to the study requirements of the history programs at Münster University. For your application please turn to the Student Admissions Office since your second subject might be affected by the transfer.

    Change of Courses of Study

    In this context, changing the course of study means that you are already studying history at Münster University and you intend to switch programs, e.g. from Zwei-Fach-Bachelor to Bachelor HRSGe (Secondary School Education). Please note that admission to a higher semester is only possible if the courses you took are equivalent to the study requirements of the history program you intend to transfer to. In this case it is sufficient to submit the placement certificate (Einstufungsbescheinigung) to the Student Admissions Office.