Institute of Political Science

Requirements and Expectations for Bachelor’s Students

What skills do I need to study political science at the University of Tübingen? 

As a political scientist, you are concerned with the observation, explanation, and evaluation of political phenomena.  At the institute in Tübingen, the focus of political study revolves around international relations and world regions (Europe, Middle East, Latin America).  In order to engage on these topics and with the relevant academic material one must have a strong command of relevant languages; strong English skills are a must! Scientific analysis of political phenomena is carried out on the basis of sound theoretical frameworks, according to methodological standards, and carried out with exact terms.  The work you complete will not be a matter of expressing opinions, but providing sound scientific justification in explaining the phenomena under observation.  In this respect, the subject deviates from the popular impression that a course of study in political science serves only to train politicians or rehash the political debates of the day.  


What makes the ideal student according to some of our lecturers?

“Students of political science - as my own experience teaches - are not necessarily exceptional students of history or religion.  English is very important for their success and skill in mathematics can also help them develop logical thinking skills and statistical analysis” (Prof. Schmid)
“If you want to study politics you must be able to think clearly and have stamina.  We constantly oscillate back and forth between observation and interpretation of political events until we finally find a satisfactory explanation.  Then we also have to convince our sceptical colleagues of our conclusions using sound methodological arguments which prove the durability of our theses.” (Prof. Hasenclever)
“Those who study political science must be mobile.  Not only in their studies which may include a semester or more abroad, but also in their professional careers.  This includes a willingness to learn another language besides English which they can use professionally.” (Prof. em. Boeckh)