Document Actions

You are here: Home Program offerings German-French study programs

German-French study programs

Early Modern and Modern History

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – 2 field degree program - Major Field

Historic developments since the Early Modern era have shaped our daily lives together more than any other period in history. On this degree program you will study the development of history since the start of the formation of the modern nation state, the origins of our democracies and the emergence of the great ideologies of human history: Colonialism, Imperialism, Capitalism and Communism. The history of great men has long since been superseded academically, and the history of events will only play an incidental part on your degree program. Instead, you will engage with social and environmental history, with constructivist theories and the influence of soft factors, such as emotions, literature and art on history. The influence of the climate can also be an important factor in historic development. The guideline for your study of the past will be decoding the narrative of the past itself: Why are events told to posterity? And why in this way?

Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

6 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

180 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

without special prerequisites for admission (free admissions)

Higher semesters:

free admission

Application period: First semester: 1 June – 4 October
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: until 30.09., Summer Semester: until 31.03.
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Apply now!
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Humanities

The goal of the major field program in Early Modern and Modern History is to provide an overview of the historical periods from classical antiquity to the Middle Ages and profound knowledge of the modern period (starting in 1500), the ability to take a critical stance on the past and its interpretations and portrayals, insight into how history has shaped the development and conditions of contemporary society, an in-depth understanding for the otherness of past and foreign living environments through the study of the diachronic development of various cultures, and the ability to engage in networked thinking. The course of study should also enable students to develop research questions on their own, conduct independent research, reflect critically on different research positions on concrete topics through independent interpretation of critical sources, and present and communicate findings in an understandable and convincing way.

An overview of all the subjects that can be taken in combination with subject Early Modern and Modern History by students who started their B.A. degree programme in the winter semester 2013/14 or later:

Archaeological Sciences | Business Administration | Educational Science and Education Management | English and American Studies | Cultural and Social Anthropology | Geography | German Studies: German Literature | Islamic Studies | Jewish Studies | Catholic-Theological Studies | Classical Philology | Classical and Christian Archaeology | Cognitive Science | Cultural Analysis/European Ethnology | Art History | Musicology | Philosophy | Political Science | Psychology | Romance languages and literatures | Sinology | Scandinavian Studies | Sociology | German Linguistics | Economics | Ancient Near Eastern Studies

For information on subject combinations, see also the "Joint Committee of the Faculty of Philology, Philosophy, and Economics and Behavioural Sciences". Subject combinations for students who started their degree programme before the winter semester 2012/13 can also be found there. » more [de]

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

For the examination regulations, see "Statutes" section above.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Dr. Heinz Krieg
Historisches Seminar, Abt. Landesgeschichte
Vorderhaus, EG
Werthmannstr. 8
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-3457


Examination Office

Werthmannstr.8/Rückgebäude, 79098 Freiburg

Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
Dr. Tobie Walther
Tel. 203-3221
Raum 02 010/2. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Magister- und Promotionsstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß WPO
Annette Ehinger
Tel. 203-2011
Raum 03 011/3. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Achtung: In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit gelten gesonderte Sprechstunden, bitte informieren Sie sich rechtzeitig vor einem Besuch.
  • see Information from the field
  • Online Study-Choice Assistent [in german]
    The OSA will give you a realistic preview of the content, procedures and requirements of the relevant field of study at the University of Freiburg. It also offers you the opportunity to test your own interests, ambitions and skills, and through an individual feedback to assess whether the appropriate field of study at the University of Freiburg fits you.