The minor in Economics complements a bachelor's major with economic aspects. Students set their own focus and priorities and thus receive a tailor-made education according to their personal and scientific preferences. The Bachelor's minor in Economics is aimed at applicants with an interest in economic fundamentals.
Graduates are familiar with the most basic concepts of economics and are able to link them to their main field of study. The economic background knowledge gained in this way and the knowledge acquired in mathematical and statistical fundamentals give them the corresponding interdisciplinary problem-solving competence and enable them to compare facts on the basis of this polycausal competence. The quantitative-mathematical orientation enables graduates to analyse even large data sets in a well-founded way and to illustrate complex facts in mathematical-economic models. Graduates are able to explain macroeconomic issues and topics and classify certain economic developments. They evaluate government intervention through regulation and tax policy and explain why there are winners and losers in international trade.
Students attend the basic courses from the field of economics together with the main subject students, whose three bachelor courses are particularly distinguished by their international orientation. The internationality of the School of Business and Economics, which is therefore already part of the basic courses of the minor subject, offers an attractive additional qualification for certain occupational fields.
A stay abroad is recommended and typically takes place in the 5th semester.
The career prospects and possibilities depend on the choice of the main subject. The main subjects that can be combined with the minor in Economics at the University of Tübingen cover a broad spectrum. They can roughly be divided into the four areas of history and cultural studies, (modern) foreign languages - including Japanology, Sinology and Korean studies -, linguistics and media studies, and classical social sciences - sociology and political science. Depending on the main subject, the following occupational fields are therefore possible:
(Economic) journalism and public relations work are important career options, especially for students of linguistics and media studies, but are also a possible occupational field for graduates of other humanities. Since journalists are often confronted with economic issues both in classical journalism and in public relations work, it makes sense for them to study economics as a minor subject.
Translation of business texts and interpreting on business topics are important career options for graduates of linguistic studies. A minor degree in economics makes it possible to interpret texts or statements on business topics correctly and to reproduce them correctly in the foreign language.
With a major in Scandinavian Studies, graduates can combine their in-depth knowledge of the North European language and culture area with the economic knowledge acquired in the minor in Economics, and in this way become active, for example, in institutions of cross-border economic exchange.
Economic issues are also frequently at the centre of research into historical and cultural contexts. A minor degree in economics enables graduates to combine economic development with the long-term growth of an economy.
The combination of economics with a major in sociology prepares students for work in federal and state statistical offices and market research institutes. Public administration with its authorities, public institutions (education, culture, social affairs, environment and transport) and (international) organisations for culture and politics are also possible fields of work.
The combination of political science with a minor in economics opens up career opportunities in (international) organisations, missions abroad and the headquarters of the Federal Foreign Office, EU institutions, parliaments and Länder representations, ministries and administrations, political parties, associations and NGOs, political foundations, institutions of political education, policy advice, market and opinion research institutes as well as in think tanks.