Students who wish to obtain their first academic degree from our department can choose to complete a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree programme in either Business Administration or Economics. Both programmes seek to prepare students for careers as competent business practitioners. As a result, the focus of B.Sc.-level studies is on teaching central conceptual frameworks while at the same time building students' ability to analyze and solve problems methodically. It is this combination of sound theoretical knowledge and practical problem-solving skills that enables B.Sc. graduates to deal with a wide range of current management issues in private business, public administration and other institutions.
The B.Sc. is designed as a three-year (six-semester) programme. In the first year, students attend a clearly structured set of compulsory introductory modules. These modules - which may consist of one or more lectures, exercise classes, seminars, etc. - provide a well-balanced overview of the core subject areas in Business Administration as well as Economics. To enhance students' international outlook, the programme also features various lectures that are held in English plus specialized courses teaching essential Business English communication skills. After the first year, students elect and combine their preferred subject areas for study. This allows them to earn a generalized Bachelor's degree or to specialize in a number of different elective focus areas. The Bachelor's thesis concludes the final year of studies.
Our Bachelor's degrees are modular degrees based on a credit-point system. This means that all courses taught (e.g., lectures, tutorials, seminars, etc.) count as parts of modules. Each module concludes with a final examination taken at the end of the semester. Students who pass this examination are awarded six credit points per module. Once students have earned 180 credit points in their compulsory and elective modules, they are awarded the B.A. degree.
This modular structure gives students more flexibility with respect to exactly when to attend certain modules and how many of them to attend in a given semester. Thus, students will find it easier to integrate their studies at our department with attending elective courses offered at other departments of JLU, doing internships with companies and going abroad for work or study. Especially when studying abroad, the credit-point system allows students to earn credits abroad and have them count towards their degree at home.