OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM
Subject combinations non-school career fields
In principle, first-year students are able to study any combination of main or subsidiary subjects offered by the University of Bremen.
Stages of study / curricula / description of modules
The Bachelor of Business Studies and Economic is composed of seven areas:
1. Field course Business Studies:accounting and accounts, marketing, company taxation, production & logistics and theory of the Firm
2. Field Course Economics: microeconomics, macroeconomics and economic and financial policy
3. Methods: mathematics, statistics and project management
4. In the fourth semester the focus of the program will move to Economic Evolution, Human Behavior and Policy. In addition to the specialised content, key competencies such as teamwork and working scientifically will be imparted.
Major: ‘Economic Evolution, Human Behavior and Policy’ with the sub modules of ‘Innovative Change and Human Behavior’ and ‘Institutional Development and Public Making’.
5. Compulsory-elective subjects: Econometrics, Operations Research, Scientific Research Methods in Economics or Dynamic Research Methods
6. General Studies: Basics of Economics, Law, Analysis of Economic Data and Sustainable Management
7. Bachelor Thesis combined with a seminar.
General studies provide the career-related proportion of the degree program, supplementing the technical component administered by the major. They comprise 25% of the degree, imparting study techniques and key qualifications necessary for a career outside the field of education. The purpose of the general studies is to help students to develop the general competencies that are essential for professional orientation and qualification. These courses can be specialised courses (e.g. sustainable management and law) or methodological courses (e.g. analysis of economic data).
The range of subjects taken within the first to fourth semester are identical for the studies of Economics and Business Studies. Therefore, a change within these subject areas is until the fourth semester possible.
This program is to be completed in six semesters with a Bachelor’s Thesis.
Within the 'Komplementärfach' of Business Studies and Economics the following subjects are compulsory: Introduction of Business Studies, Economics and Economic Data Analysis, Marketing, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Accounting, economic and financial policy, Industrical organisation and Production/Logistics. No specialisation is taken for the 'Komplementärfach'. Graduates of the 'Komplementärfach' chose their General Studies in agreement with their major subject.
Compulsory, elective and optional
All of the modules that are in comprised of foundation courses within this degree program are compulsory. As the students progress past this point within their studies, compulsory-elective will be included in the program.
General Studies include compulsory and elective subjects.
Within the Komplementärfach of Business Studies and Economics all subjects are compulsory.
Typical course types
Within the first three semesters of the Bachelor’s Degree of Business Studies the students’ attendance at the university is required more so than in the later semesters. In addition to lectures many courses will also offer tutorials. Through this combination of course types the entry into university for first year students will be eased and the transition from the school system into university studies will be facilitated by the faculty, particularly by the professors and research assistants thereof. In the second half of the program, seminars and the project module will be in the foreground, within which, scientific and independent working are the focal points. The final examination is then comprised of the bachelor’s thesis which will also be accompanied by a seminar.
Digital learning contents
Available major Bachelor of Business Studies and Economic
‘Economic Evolution, Human Behavior and Policy’ with the sub modules of ‘Innovative Change and Human Behavior’ and ‘Institutional Development and Public Making’
No specialisation is taken for the 'Komplementärfach'.
General Studies account for 10 - 25% of the study programme. These courses train key competences for subsequent career fields. By building their own individual specialities, students are able to shape and amplify their academic profile.
We recommend that students complete an internship within the duration of their studies. An internship can be elected in place of a course from the general studies area of the Business Studies bachelor’s program. In order to be awarded credit points for the internship it must be at least five weeks long. Students can gain support in searching for an internship position from the Career Centre at the university or from the faculty’s Office for Practical Experience and International Affairs. (Further information under: https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/wiwi/practice/offers-for-students/internships/).
When preparing an internship report 6 ECTS will be acknowledged within General Studies.
The faculty maintains intensive contacts with companies and offers students, among others the faculty careers day. This is a trade fair that provides a contact to companies directly in the premises of the faculty.
Although a semester abroad is not compulsory, it is recommended. Due to the advised course and study structure of the program, a semester abroad would be best planned for the fourth or fifth semester of studies. As a result of the choice in major, there is a high flexibility in regard to the courses that will be accredited and therefore a semester abroad can be considered when planning the study program without thought to delaying the duration of studies. Support in organising a semester abroad is offered by the faculty’s Office for Practical Experience and International Affairs. Further information can be found on the homepage of the faculty under the category of 'International'. (https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/wiwi/international-affairs/incoming-guest-study-in-bremen/)
As part of the application process for a place at a foreign university the required foreign language abilities will be verified. When participating in the Sokrates/Erasmus Program students are asked to demonstrate a level of B2 in the respective language of instruction at the host university.
Extensive advisory services in this area are offered by the faculty’s Office for Practical Experience and International Affairs.
Examinations and Examination Forms
All examinations in the Business Studies bachelor’s program take place alongside the respective courses. One of the examination forms is the classic written examination, which is vary in duration depending on the course. This form of examination is mainly offered during the earlier semesters due to the generally large size of the cohorts. In some courses, so called electronic examinations will be carried out in the Testcentre at the University of Bremen. Oral examinations, presentations, assignments and projects will be offered primarily in the later semesters. In many courses so called ‘Portfolios’ are admitted. These forms allow for ‘smaller’ examinations during the lecture period to be considered in the final grade.
When various examination forms are permissible within a course, the students will be informed at the beginning of the semester of which examination type will be carried out. The written and oral examinations take place following the lecture period. Any repeat examinations will generally be held at the beginning of the following semester.
Extensive consulting services offered by the Study Center Economics and the Office for Practice and International Affairs.
Evaluation of teaching through online lecture evaluations, focus rounds with students, intensive discussions with the StugA (student council) and the "Dies Academicus".
Quality management, in which students are intensively involved
In the summer, the faculty will be offering a Summer School "Business Studies and Economics" for undergraduate students. The Summer School will take place from June to July. All courses are held in English. In the Summer School, foreign guest lecturers are involved and international guest students learn together with Bremen students.
The Summer School is part of our Summer Lab program, which was first held in 2018. The Summer Lab is part of a collaborative program with Coventry University (UK) and the State University of New York (USA) with students from Binghamton University and Stony Brook University. It is an exclusive program that is not open to other guest students.
This programs contains three building blocks and takes place annually from June to August:
- Summer School "Business Studies and Economics": 6 weeks, beginning of June
- Language Summer School of the Language Center (FZHB): 4 weeks after the end of the lecture period of the summer semester
- Summer Camp: 3 weeks in August
The Summer Lab is an internationally unique offer that gives students, up to three months, the opportunity to experience everyday life in Germany. In the summer school, students work together with Bremen students. You will get to know the German culture and language in the Language Summer School, which takes into account your individual language level. They also gain hands-on experience at the Summer Camp, where they also work with local students to carry out projects for local companies. Further information about the Summer Lab can be found here.