BA Digitale Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften

BA course “Digitale Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften”

(Digital Humanities and Social Sciences)


Students can enrol in the two-subject BA programme Digital Humanities and Social Sciences as a first subject (80 ECTS) or as a second subject (70 ECTS). In the first three semesters, students attend courses in which theoretical, methodological and practical basics in computer science as well as in digital humanities and social sciences are taught.
This includes the learning of a programming language, sound mathematical knowledge and the acquisition of theoretical basics in computer science. Then, they deepen their acquired knowledge in a compulsory elective area and apply it to questions in the humanities and social sciences in a practical module.


Facebook, social media, digital images, big data – in the context of the so-called digital revolution, social relationships, language and the handling of images are changing.  Organizational and decision-making forms, social spatial relationships, etc. are questioned and reconfigured. The humanities and social sciences, which deal with all aspects of human society, art and culture, language and history, with processes of thought and communication, are called upon to research this profound social change and to understand the socio-technical prerequisites of digitisation. At the same time, digital technologies also open up numerous new methodological possibilities for the humanities and social sciences themselves.
Accordingly, the digital humanities and social sciences have emerged as a new field of research.

The programme is aimed at applicants who have a strong interest in social developments in the context of digitisation, visual media and/or language and literature. You should be interested in networked thinking and flexible problem solving as well as in interdisciplinary cooperation linking humanities and / or social science issues and fields of work with technical questions of the development and use of information systems.

The “Digital Humanities and Social Sciences” programme qualifies graduates both for a subsequent Master’s programme and for various professional activities. The methods they learn enable them to open up new ways of thinking and working which, depending on the combination of subjects, open up diverse perspectives in dynamically growing fields of research and work at the intersection of technology, society and culture. Examples of fields of work include content and communication management (e.g. publishing, agencies, public relations), cultural management and mediation (e.g. museums, archives), political consulting, geomarketing or adult education.

The courses offered are interdisciplinary and make use of the expertise of three faculties: the strong computer science department of Erlangen’s Faculty of Technology, the social sciences, linguistics, literature, image, media and cultural studies departments of the large Faculty of Philosophy and the Faculty of Theology, as well as the cultural geography department anchored in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
The courses are coordinated by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.

The course “Digital Humanities and Social Sciences” forms an explicit interface between the previously distant subject cultures of the humanities and social sciences and information technology. The concept is interdisciplinary:

  • thematic focuses on the areas of “language and text”, “image and media”, “society and space”
  • multidisciplinary elective module
  • application-oriented practical module

Students deal with concepts and technologies of digitization and acquire

  • basic knowledge of the contents, theories and methods of the digital humanities and social sciences
  • theoretical and practical information technology knowledge
  • sound professional and methodical skills in dealing with digital technologies in society.

Some of the contents of the course include:

  • (Object-oriented) Programming
  • Processing and secure handling of data
  • Dealing with networks
  • Conceptual modeling (SQL, XML, DTD, UML)
  • Statistical analysis methods
  • Web technologies
  • Knowledge for responsible handling of digital data (legal issues, communication platforms)

The subject “Digital Humanities and Social Sciences” can be studied with another discipline from the broad field of the Faculty of Philosophy with the Faculty of Theology. Further information on the individual subjects and possible combinations can be found on the FAU homepage or here.

At the moment the following subjects are available for selection

  • Archaeological Sciences
  • Book Science
  • English and American Studies
  • French Romance Studies
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Ibero-Roman Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanology
  • Cultural Geography
  • Art History
  • Economy
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sinology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre and Media Studies
  • and other subjects



Study guidance

Philipp Kurth, M. Sc.


Department of Computer Science
Chair of Computer Science 9 (Computer Graphics)


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