Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (major subject)

Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences (03)

Why is there war? What is justice? What holds the EU together? If you are interested in these or similar central questions in our society then studying Political Science is just right for you.

In the B.A. in Political Science, you will learn to deal with a wide variety of topics from the three sub-areas of Political Science: Political Theory is concerned above all with the question of how political processes should be shaped. By contrast, Comparative Politics centres on the question of how institutions and processes within political systems (states, the European Union) really work. The sub-discipline of International Relations addresses foreign policy issues and other cross-border political processes.

Beyond the acquisition of specialist knowledge, the aim of the programme is to develop critical judgement as well as the ability to recognize causes of and ways to solve complex political and social problems.

Special features

The Institute of Political Science at Goethe University Frankfurt is the largest of its kind in Germany. It offers a particularly varied and differentiated syllabus with a strong research focus in all the discipline’s sub-areas. Following an introduction to the fundamental methods and contents of the subject, students have excellent opportunities to set their own priorities and further deepen their knowledge in a specific field.

A distinguishing feature of the programme is its international compatibility. Take the opportunity, for example, to complete a semester abroad. In addition, the subject’s traditional dovetailing with Sociology results in broad teaching of social science fundamentals with an emphasis on Political Science. The interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” and cooperation with the “Peace Research Institute Frankfurt” of the Leibniz Association (HSFK - Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung) offer a unique spectrum of topics, teaching content and possibilities for specialization.

At a glance

Programme duration: 6 semesters (3 academic years)
Programme start:  Winter semester only
Restricted admission:    Yes, minimum entry requirements in past semesters
Political Science - Major subject: 120 credit points (CPs)
Minor subject: Yes, one with 60 CPs
(elective minor subjects)
Number of modules (main subject): 11 compulsory modules
Type of module examinations: Coursework
Written test
Oral examination
Language(s) of instruction:  German, English