Bachelor of arts in historical sciences


Program Description

The course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the development of contemporary societies (19. and 20th Century). This development is characterized by the opposing development of globalization and the opening up of borders on the one hand and the strengthening of national identities and cultural particularisms on the other. One focus of the training is on the mastery of new information technologies (analysis of images and electronic sources).

The first part of the study program consists of four modules and represents the propaedeutic part of the study. These modules enable students to develop a precise and critically reflected knowledge of the history of the 19th century. and 20th Century as well as historical methods and working techniques.

The second part of the study consists of two well blocks. Six modules address the different approaches of contemporary history: political history, history of international relations, social, economic, cultural, and media history.

A further six modules cover areas of social and cultural sciences: political science, law, sociology, economics, religious, media and communication sciences.

The last two modules of the course are devoted to the preparation and realization of the Bachelor thesis.

Bilingual studies

You have the option to complete the individual modules, either in German or French, at your own discretion.

If you are 60% of the modules in German and 40% in French, you will receive a bachelor's degree with the addition "bilingual"


  • M01 Introduction to the history of the 19th century
  • M02 Introduction to the history of the 20th century
  • M03 Methods of History
  • M04 Historiography
  • M05 Policy history
  • M06 Political science
  • M07 History of international relations
  • M08 Right
  • M09 Social history
  • M10 Sociology
  • M11 economic history
  • M12 economics
  • M13 Cultural history
  • M14 Religious Studies
  • M15 media history
  • M16 Media and Communication Sciences
  • M17 Preparation of BA work and colloquium
  • M18 Composing BA work

Entrance Requirements

If you do not have a certificate of maturity according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. (A) and (b) of the Regulatory Authority is admissible only if the acquired educational qualification is regarded as equivalent to a maturity. The Directorate decides on the equivalence of educational evidence.

linguistic proficiency

The course is only conducted in German. Very good knowledge of this language is therefore indispensable. In some modules basic knowledge is required in English and French.

module credits

Equivalent studies carried out at universities can be calculated provided that they have been completed a maximum of five years and have been completed with a sufficient grade. At least 120 of the 180 ECTS credits required for the Bachelor must be obtained at FernUni Switzerland. In the case of existing advance payments, a corresponding application must be made within the scope of online enrollment.

Last updated Mar 2020

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About the School

Universitäre Fernstudien Schweiz (FernUni Schweiz) ist eine moderne universitäre Institution und führend im Bereich universitäres Fernstudium in der Schweiz. Sämtliche Bachelor- und Master-Studiengäng ... Read More

Universitäre Fernstudien Schweiz (FernUni Schweiz) ist eine moderne universitäre Institution und führend im Bereich universitäres Fernstudium in der Schweiz. Sämtliche Bachelor- und Master-Studiengänge sind gemäss Bologna-Richtlinien aufgebaut. Über 1‘500 Studierende absolvieren aktuell ein Studium in deutscher oder französischer Sprache. Read less
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