There are many good reasons for studying philosophy at Bielefeld University within our bachelor’s degree program. Click on the arrows to learn about some of them!
Bielefeld University’s philosophy department enjoys a great reputation; Our teaching staff stands for internationally recognized, well-funded research in the analytic tradition of philosophy. We are well networked both inland and out of the country and are happy to aid you with planning a stay abroad or contacting researchers from other universities.
Here you will find information on the structures of the different study profiles within the academic philosophy bachelor's. In the expandable sections below the structure of the different profiles is displayed graphically, with a short description.
A short overview of the different main modules can be found in the document list below. Detailled information is available in the module handbook.
The study of philosophy as a major comprises 120 of 180 credit points (CPs) and therefore two thirds of an entire bachelor’s degree. Of these 120 CPs, 90 are covered by philosophy courses and 30 by the individual supplementary area.
The Orientation Talk is compulsory. Towards the end of your second semester, please make an appointment with a lecturer of your choice to conduct it. You should be equipped with the Orientation Talk Attestation, which you can find in the sidebar on the right.
The study of philosophy as a small minor comprises 30 of 180 credit points (CPs) and therefore one sixth of an entire bachelor’s degree. The rest is comprised comprised of your major, your other small minor and the individual supplementary area. We offer three small minors: Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Science. All three have the same structure.
Each main module may only be studied once. For example, if you have completed the main module Applied Ethics, you may not use that module towards your degree again.
Detailled information can also be found in our study guide.
Here you will find the different module lists for the small minors Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Science.
Every semester the Department of Philosophy offers a broad variety of courses covering all areas of philosophy. This includes both seminars and lectures, which are either part of the general philosophy curriculum or of specific study profiles.
All year round, the Department of Philosophy organises various events, including guest talks, colloquia, conferences etc. Within our All you can think program you can find a collection of extracurricular events that is explicitely aimed at students.
Here you can find information on the processes of application and enrolment. Specific conditions apply to applicants with foreign educational certificates as well as to persons with vocational qualifications.
Dates and deadlines for applications, enrolment, the starting of courses and more can be found here.
Since philosophy must always be studied with a one or two other subjects, please make sure to check whether any of your other subjects have admission restrictions, so as not to miss any potential application deadlines.
Then feel free to contact the Department of Philosophy's BA-representative, Prof. Dr. Michaela Rehm, or the student advisor.