At the Bachelor’s Level you receive a generalist education. You acquire a broad spectrum of knowledge, preparing you for diverse and demanding work.
Studies begin with the Assessment Year. The objective is to introduce students to our academic subjects as well as requirements and goals in order to help you to find out whether our requirements and areas of focus fit well with your own interests. All students must complete the same curriculum in this first year. From Autumn Semester 2013, the Assessment Year will continue in its time-tested teaching quality, but now in two separate tracks (German/English). This is being done in order to improve teacher/student ratio. There is an option between studying in German (German Track) or in English (English Track).
After completing the “fixed menu” of the Assessment Year, the Bachelor's Level offers you an “à la carte” course of study – a broad, individually-focused programme with a maximum degree of freedom. In particular, you can choose from a broad range of elective course offerings and Contextual Studies. From Autumn Semester 2014, the majors in Business Administration, Economics and International Affairs can be completed in a flexible mix of English and German. In the course of their Bachelor's studies, students must, however, earn a minimum number of credits from core studies' courses in German and English. Language courses are on offer.
First qualifying degree for a career
After acquiring the Bachelor’s degree, you may either continue studying at the Master’s Level or enter the working world: The Bachelor’s degree is conceived as a professional qualification which allows you to gain your first practical experience.
The B.A. HSG degree requires completion of 180 ECTS credits, including the Assessment Year (60 ECTS). ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System. One credit point is equivalent to 30 hours of work at the University of St.Gallen, including lectures, independent studies, semester projects and examinations.
Our Bachelor programmes (majors) have a regular duration of two years. The allowed number of semesters for the Bachelor's Level is limited to 10 semesters.
As opposed to the Assessment Level, you must now decide on one of five majors.
The five majors available are:
- Business Administration (English and German)
- Economics (English and German)
- International Affairs (English and German)
- Law and Economics
The major can be intensified or broadened with elective subjects, making it possible to individualise the degree course. A third of the courses of the Contact Studies are available for this purpose. You can make this selection from the courses from the University of St.Gallen, and with some limitations, also from other programmes at other universities.
The three-pillar model of course remains in place at the Bachelor's Level. You therefore complete 25% of your course work in the Contextual Studies, where a wide range of courses is available to you regardless of your major.