Qualifications and options
The academic rank of Bachelor is a full-fledged degree. It offers the quickest route to obtaining a university degree. It is also a stepping stone to studying for a Master’s degree; however, it also opens the way for entering directly on a career path.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degrees
Degrees are awarded to signify a successful completion of academic studies. There are two types of Bachelor’s degrees at the University of Stuttgart. They rank equally but differ by field of specialization:
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is awarded in the humanities and social science fields. Also, when studying in order to take the State Examination for Teachers, a Bachelor of Arts degree must be earned first.
- Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) is awarded in the natural sciences, engineering sciences, and economics fields.
Bachelor degree programs begin in the winter semester (starting in October).
Normally, study programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degrees take six semesters to complete. Latest in your third year of studies it is possible to choose an individualized direction for your program of studies, that is, a given specialization within the subject area.
An orientation program is obligatory. The rational is to ensure that the choice of study program was no accident. If you are applying for the first regular semester, you will need a certification that you attended one of the programs that serve this purpose. These certifications have no expiration date. The sole orientation program for the teacher examination course of study is the CCT (Career Counselling for Teachers; page only available in German).
Because most study programs are conducted in German, having a very good command of German is another important prerequisite.
However, knowledge of a foreign language is also required in many study programs:
- Linguistics, Philosophy, Romance Studies and German-French Social Sciences as one-subject Bachelor's programs require special knowledge of languages
- To enroll in the following two-subject Bachelor of Arts degree programs also requires knowledge of foreign languages:
- With regard to the examination for teaching English and French both require very good knowledge of the respective language, some teaching degree programs also require knowledge of Latin.
- In many Bachelor of Science degree programs, English is used in research and hence very useful.
For the exact languages and requirements, check the exam regulation (only available in German) and each subject's admission requirements.
Some study programs have a limited number of study places and therefore limit enrollment. Students in that case are selected through a university selection procedure (NC process).
NC stands for numerus clausus. It does not screen for a school leaving grade but only indicates that a given number of study places will be distributed. Ninety percent of the study places are allocated using ranking lists. The ranking lists are put together using point scores in the manner specified in the University's admissions regulations.
Some study programs require an entrance examination. It is used to determine special suitability and motivation for the chosen study program. It does not matter here whether it is a restricted-admission study program or not. A special deadline for the application for an entrance examination exists only in the following study programs: In Sports Science (only teaching degree; sports entrance examination) and in the German-French Social Sciences. In both cases, the registration window closes on May 15.
Certain B.Sc. study programs in addition require pre-university work experience for the first semester. For more details, see the page on selection criteria and admissions.
A study program transmits subject knowledge through lectures, teaches methodological skills in seminars, and mentors their application in exercises. To make sure that the students acquire the same skills, the study program elements are divided into modules.
The modules are frameworks within which contents can vary. They build on each other in a logical sequence. In this way, priorities can be set for studies without incurring the risk of overlooking essentials.
There are three kinds of modules:
- Basic modules
transmit basic knowledge of methods and how, why, and to what purpose they are applied
- Core modules
transmit the actual subject knowledge.
- Additional modules
provide contents of various specialized areas within the study program.
Bachelor of Science and one-subject Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science and one-subject Bachelor of Arts study programs are configured identically.
A total of 180 ECTS Credits must be earned. Subject modules divided into basic, core, and additional modules deal with the subject content. Most of the credits accumulate in these modules. Key qualification modules help acquire both subject-specific skills and skills that lie outside the subject field. The study program concludes with the student writing a Bachelor's thesis worth 6 to 12 credits. It is an independent scientific treatment of a subject field-related topic.
Refer to the module hand book covering the study program in question for how credits are allocated to modules.
Two-subject Bachelor of Arts
In this Bachelor of Arts type, students take two subjects: one is the major subject in which the Bachelor thesis must be written; the other is the minor subject. This study program configuration is also called the two-subject Bachelor of Arts; however, it is a single degree.
Once again, a total of 180 ECTS Credits must be earned. The subject modules asplit into core, basic, and additional modules of the major subject that together total 108 credits. A second pillar is constituted by the minor subject with 42 credits. Students acquire subject-specific skills and skills outside the subject field in key qualification modules that contribute 18 credits. The study program concludes with the student earning 6 to 12 credits for writing the Bachelor thesis, an independent scientific treatment of a topic in the major subject.
Bachelor of Arts for the State Examination for teachers
The Bachelor of Arts for the State Examination for Teachers has a third type of structure. You will find all important information as well as possibilities for combining this subject field with others on a dedicated German web page.
Completing a Bachelor’s study program for taking the State Examination for Teachers (B.A. in State Examination for Teachers) at the University of Stuttgart is the first level of the university education for becoming a teacher. But the education as teacher is not complete until a Master’s degree program for the State Examination for Teachers (Master of Education, M.Ed.) has been earned and the practical teacher training has been completed immediately after doing so.
Subject combinations in the Bachelor of Arts - major and minor subjects
In a combination Bachelor’s study program, each of these subjects must be combined with a different minor subject. For example, English selected as major may not be combined with English as a minor but could be combined with a minor in computer science.
- Civil Engineering
- Vocational Education / Technical Education
- Business Administration
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
- German Literature
- History of Sciences and Technology
- Computer Science
- Art History
- Mechanical Engineering
- Political Science
- Romance Studies
- Sports Science
Notes on the individual subjects:
- English (major subject only): English and Latin or another Romance language or Russian
- German (major subject only): English and one other foreign language
- History (major subject): English and another foreign language required for the study assessment test. If this second language is not Latin, Latin must be learned during the study program. Knowledge of Latin will be tested concurrently with the study program.
History (minor subject): Knowledge of Latin will be tested concurrently with the study program.
- History of Natural Sciences and Technology (major subject only): English and another foreign language
- Art History (major subject only): English and another foreign language for the study assessment test. If this second language is not Latin, Latin must be learned during the study program.
- Linguistics (major subject only): English and another foreign language
- Romance Studies: English and French (major subject) and English, French, and Italian (minor subject)
Further details are found in the exam regulation (available only in German) governing each subject.
Key qualifications (SQ)
Key qualifications (SQ) are designed to equip students for a professional career. Contributing to this are instructional units that let those taking them reach new insights and deal with a variety of challenges. Key qualifications do not convey pure subject knowledge, but instead focus on teaching capabilities and competencies. This is why some SQ courses are interdisciplinary.
Examples: For chemistry students, a subject-related SQ would be toxicology (teaching on poisonous substances); jurisprudence is an interdisciplinary key qualification. Internships also count toward key qualifications.
The key qualification modules are segregated into these six competency domains:
- Methodological: The ability to acquire new knowledge and utilize it in appropriate ways
- Social: The ability to deal with other people respectfully and empathetically
- Communicative: The ability to make contacts and conduct dialogues
- Personal: The ability to reflect on the self and develop the self
- Law, economics, politics: The ability to classify and utilize the social, legal, and economic scope of one’s own subject field
- Natural scientific-technological basics: Knowledge of principles and technological developments
Credits are given for coursework in order to make it comparable Europe-wide. As provided for in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System 30 ECTS credits are to be obtained per semester.
University of Stuttgart Bachelor’s degree programs require 180 credits. From 6 to 12 derive from the Bachelor thesis. A single ECTS credit approximates a 30-hour work load. From the expected number of points, you can calculate how much of your time a study program or module will take up.
In older exam regulations, ECTS credits are also called credit points.
You can also access the separate exam regulation governing the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs on the links menu. In the regulations you will find all the rules specifying the requirements, approaches, processes, and exam conditions for each program. No matter when you begin your studies, this way you will always have a relevant exam regulation at your fingertips. The exam regulations are only availabe in German since they are official documents.