Contextual Studies at Bachelor’s Level The Contextual Studies are one of the three pillars of the educational concept of the University of St.Gallen. They offer you an opportunity to expand your development beyond your core studies. Demands on your intellectual capabilities Practical demands on your intellectual capabilities, on your comprehension and interpretation skills and your intercultural skills increase over time. Global developments complement the complexity and rate of change of our everyday life and working environment. For this reason, a purely specialised education is no longer sufficient. Companies are looking for individuals who can think independently, make decisions responsibly and act flexibly – people who treat others and the environment with respect. Intellectual and cultural development For this reason, Contextual Studies provides you with a broad range of courses for your general education, opening up opportunities for intellectual and cultural development. This corresponds with our guiding principle thoughtful responsibility: we support and promote personal development. All three degree levels contain the Contextual Studies component and consist of three pillars: Leadership Skills, Critical Thinking and Cultural Awareness. At the Bachelor’s Level you complete a total of 24 credits averaged between the pillars. You complete 8 ECTS in Leadership Skills. Critical Thinking and Cultural Awareness are combined as a single pillar in the second and third year of study, which means you complete 16 ECTS in this area, a maximum of 4 ECTS can be obtained by language courses and tests on level II. Leadership skills are composed of knowledge and application of interdisciplinary methods of scientific and practically oriented work and learning. We teach you problem-solving skills and practically oriented requirements for social competence, strategic and well-conceived action for your education and your career. Critical Thinking and Cultural Awareness is the capacity to develop sound systematic analyses of intellectual problems and cultural issues as well as to understand other cultures, their standards and values, lifestyles and concepts of order, institutions and history, language and art. The lectures and seminars of the elective courses of history, philosophy, business ethics, psychology and sociology in the critical thinking pillar provide an introduction to the conceptual models and instruments of these disciplines. For respectful contact with other cultures and for successful intercultural communication, foreign language skills are a necessity. Our courses include instruction in various foreign languages as well as cultural seminars, opening up access to the culture of the respective language.