In what way does terrorism change our society? What impact do social media have on political participation? How does a government affect the life of individuals?
Carry out your own research projects and find out yourself! By cooperating with leading research institutions, you will acquire the tools to understand political processes, to analyze them and to make methodologically sound predictions about their development in the future. Our German-taught program offers a vast array of practice-oriented courses that prepare you for the world of work. We will also support you if you want to complete a period of study abroad, which is possible for up to one year. You can choose from more than 100 exchange programs. Our program has successfully undergone a program accreditation process, which was carried out on the national level by the accreditation agency evalag. The accreditation is valid until 31 July 2023.
Political Science at the University of Mannheim
Political Science in Mannheim is all about political processes. This includes analyzing political systems, explaining political decisions, studying political actors, and calculating election results. Research at our Department covers a variety of areas, including:
In addition, the Department of Political Science has earned an international reputation for its strong focus on empirical-analytical research using quantitative methods, such as computer-assisted data analysis. That is why we offer special courses that allow you to practice carrying out your own research projects. Among other things, you will learn how to develop a concept for a survey, draw up questionnaires, devise measuring instruments, and set up research designs and schedules. The practical implementation of your study, such as data collection and analysis, is also part of these courses.
Not limited to current political affairs
You are interested in current political affairs? Excellent! But studying Political Science means much more than just discussing the news. We teach you sound methods that you can use to scientifically analyze politics and, much more importantly, to predict what might happen in the future. Political Science studies political processes and explains why voters and politicians make certain decisions.
No training to become a professional politician
Many research activities focus on political parties, but this doesn’t mean that you need to be politically active to study Political Science. With a degree in Political Science, you can become anything from a civil servant to a private sector employee and from a researcher to a politician. The Internship Office offers an extensive range of career guidance services.
Empirical social research concerns itself with the systematic collection of data on interdependences in society by way of observations, interviews, and experiments. These data are analyzed using different statistical methods.
Quantitative methods employed in empirical social research comprise all procedures that enable the numerical representation of empirical facts. This also extends to drawing conclusions from empirical findings with the help of statistics. Quantitative methods include sample selection, data collection, and data analysis, for example, and can either be used to test the validity of previously proposed hypotheses or may result in new hypotheses.
During the program, you will take courses from the basic modules in Methods and Statistics I and II, which cover the following topics:
In the advanced module, you will attend exercise courses in methods, which require you to carry out your own research projects.
Studying at the University of Mannheim taught me critical thinking, perseverance, and to not always go down the first route I see. Although I studied Political Science, I now work in media and fashion. I previously worked at ASOS and Refinery29 in Berlin, and now work as a social media manager at Art Dubai in Dubai.
I was attracted to the University of Mannheim by its learning conditions, its close links to research, and its international orientation. Like many of my fellow students, I worked as a student assistant and went abroad during my studies. My student assistant position improved my understanding of research processes and helped me to better analyze outcomes. Studying abroad was not just a valuable academic experience, it also helped me grow as a person. Now, I’m a doctoral candidate at the Department of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
The German-taught program comprises the core subject and the supplementary modules. The supplementary modules constitute the career development module (including a mandatory internship), the social skills module, and the minor. This structure allows you to benefit from the university’s interdisciplinary orientation and to develop your own profile.
The bachelor’s program in Political Science at the University of Mannheim provides you with a solid foundation in the field. It comprises basic and advanced modules, which teach students research methods as well as subject-specific skills in three areas of study:
Courses from the International Relations modules focus on European integration, theories of international relations, and different areas of international cooperation as well as on conflict research. If you want to learn more about the research area Human Rights and Conflict Research, you can watch this interview with Prof. Sabine Carey, Ph.D. (in German).
Political Sociology looks at how politics and society in Europe are interconnected, with emphasis being placed on voter behavior, political participation, political psychology, political communication, and theories of political decision-making.
In Comparative Politics, students will compare political institutions in different countries and gain a profound understanding of them. Coalition governments, legislation, elections, and processes of democratization are of particular interest in this area.
The career development module is made up of the following parts:
In the lecture, the Internship Office of the School of Social Sciences will inform you about job opportunities for political scientists and bring you up to speed on how to write an application. Employers from the private and public sector regularly attend the lecture as well. They will tell you how you can start a career in their line of work and what different career paths there are.
You will complete the six-week mandatory internship in a sociological field of your choosing. Our Internship Office will be happy to help you find a suitable placement. It also regularly informs all students at the School about vacancies (internships, part-time student jobs) in its newsletter and internship database.
The exercise course enables you to think about your career goals. You will discuss your experience from your internship with your fellow students during class, and together you will research master’s programs offered by universities in Germany or abroad and find out about how you can start a professional career right after graduation.
The social skills module offers practice-oriented courses that complement your core and minor subjects. It includes courses on presentation skills, software and statistics applications, media, and foreign language skills, which are taught at the Center for Development of Key Competencies (ZfS). Due to the interdisciplinary approach reflected in this program of study, students will learn exactly what they need to know to be successful on an ever-changing labor market. During the program, students are required to complete two social skills courses. They can choose to focus on software, presentation, communication and media skills, and/
Your minor (approx. 32 ECTS credits) allows you to to gain expertise in another subject, which makes you fit for interdisciplinary work. You can, for example, take courses offered by the Business School and the Department of Economics and thereby benefit from their excellent reputation or you can choose Sociology, Psychology, or Public Law as a minor. In addition, the School of Humanities offers English and American Studies, German Studies, Romance Studies (French, Italian, Spanish), History, Media and Communication Studies, and Philosophy as a minor. It is also possible to opt for Informatics or Mathematics. You will choose your minor after you have enrolled at the University of Mannheim.
You should demonstrate your interest in learning about interdependences in society and analyzing them using statistical methods, be committed to your studies, and be able to work independently. Apart from that, your application must include the following:
The bachelor’s program in Political Science starts in the fall semester. Attention: The University of Mannheim accepts applications this year in the preliminary application period between 15 June and 31 July. You need to apply online. The University of Mannheim participates in the so-called dialog-oriented service procedure (DoSV). If you want to apply for admission to the first subject-specific semester of a program at the University of Mannheim, you must register for the DoSV at www.hochschulstart.de first. If you have any questions on the application process, please contact the Admissions Office.
You can submit up to three (main) applications for admission to the first semester of selective bachelor’s programs at the University of Mannheim.
For comprehensive information on the application process and the DoSV, please see the guide to applying for admission to a bachelor’s program (particularly subsection 3.2.1), which is only available in German.
Please note: International applicants from countries outside of the EU/
Please read the Admissions Office’s guide to applying for admission to a bachelor’s program carefully (and pay particular attention to subsection 3.1.7.). It includes everything you need to know about the application process and the dispatch of official letters of admission.
Please go to the Admissions Office’s website for more information.
If you have any questions on your degree program (course contents, program structure, stays abroad), don’t hesitate to contact our program managers. For questions relating to the application process, please contact the Admissions Office.