The University of Stuttgart has been encouraging interdisciplinary or inter-subject exchanges in research and teaching for many years. And yet they still exist - the four subject groups, Engineering Sciences, Natural Sciences, the Humanities and Economic and Social Sciences. How strongly are these four disciplines positioned in terms of the number of subscribed students?
In this case, the subscribed numbers are not measured per capita but in so-called full-time study equivalents. This makes it possible to take an accurate head count without counting those students taking courses in different disciplines, as is commonly the case for teaching degrees for example, more than once. This number is always slightly lower than the number of registered students, because, whilst so-called short-term students (e.g., Erasmus Program students) and doctoral students are registered at the University of Stuttgart, they have not yet been assigned to specific subject groups. Thus, the total number of registered students for the winter semester (WS) 2018/19 is just under 26,000 (25,705), whereas the total number of full-time study equivalents is only just under 24,000 (23,672).
The following applies for students recorded as full-time study equivalents: a student teacher taking Physics and German, for example, would be counted as half a student under each of those subject areas respectively. An undergraduate student taking a two subjects bachelor degree would enter the statistics at 0.75 for the major subject and 0.25 for the minor.
The following numbers are available for the winter semester 2018/19 (30th of November 2018 closing date): Of the total number of full-time study equivalents, two thirds i.e., 15,934or c. 67.3% are studying the Engineering Sciences. This is followed by the Economic and Social Sciences including Sports at 2,840 or roughly 12%, closely followed by the Humanities including Art History at 2,641 or about 11.2%, and the Mathematics and Natural Sciences subject group at 2,256 full-time study equivalents, i.e., around 9.5%.