Give an example of studying history

Welcome to the historical seminar of EMU

The two-subject bachelor's degree in history conveys relevant skills for fields of activity and professional fields both within and outside of science. The focus is on the following strengths, which you can acquire or deepen through this degree:


Historical knowledge

In the lectures and seminars, you will acquire both general knowledge and, using individual examples, in-depth scientific knowledge of individual areas of human activity in the past. You will develop an understanding of developments and structural problems in different epochs of history.
This past expertise is always valuable, for example, when it comes to assessing and evaluating human decisions and actions. Because the recourse to the scientifically analyzed past helps a lot in assessing today's situations and ultimately in drawing conclusions.


Research skills

When preparing term papers, presentations and the bachelor thesis, you will learn how to efficiently and purposefully obtain information on different topics.
In a working world of excessive information opportunities, research skills are necessary for both independent and additional activities in order to prepare reflective decisions. In addition, this competence enables you to acquire further knowledge at a scientific level - whether in your own or in a foreign subject.


Analysis competence and source criticism

The source-critical instruments of historical studies acquired and applied in seminars and exercises enable you to classify statements according to their origin, the interests of the authors and those of the addressees. You can thus use your analytical methodological knowledge in order to be able to assess, evaluate and evaluate facts in a differentiated manner.
Together with the research competence, for example, the important ability to evaluate information available in the professional context, to make decisions based on this and to derive consequences - for the team, for your superiors, or for yourself.


Historical cultural competence

In module 7 (introduction to history didactics or history culture) you acquire the basics to convey history outside of the academic world and publicly.
The knowledge and methods in the field of historical culture facilitate entry into typical professional fields of extracurricular history teaching, e.g. in museums, cultural institutions and specialist publishers, but also in agencies and institutions that focus on "histotainment" in exhibitions, television, the Internet and other media dedicate.

Presentation skills

Presentations, term papers and the bachelor thesis train you to express yourself orally and in writing in a way that is appropriate for the target group by processing information and presenting it in an understandable manner.
These are important qualifications in almost all areas of activity in which you have to win and convince others. This competence is particularly important for communicative professional fields, e.g. in journalism, in public relations and press work, but also, for example, for the museum area (e.g. for the creation of catalog texts) and also for the editing area.


Organization and time management

You will learn to organize your own working hours for the preparation and follow-up of courses and exams and to finish your homework on time. For group presentations in seminars, you will practice making team processes efficient. And finally, with the bachelor thesis, you prove that you can manage a small scientific project independently.
Independent work as well as efficient team coordination are highly valued characteristics in those fields of activity that are characterized by great autonomy, as well as especially for project tasks and first management tasks (e.g. supervision of interns).

(Developed with the technical support of the WWU Career Service | as of April 29, 2016)