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Please note: The Study and Exam Regulations 2015 (Studien- und Prüfungsordnung; StuPO) applies to all current students until 2025. The new Stupo 2020 will apply to all students, who start their LAS studies in winter semester 2020/21.

Academic Content

The Foundational Year is the starting point of your LAS studies. Many of the LAS Core courses take place in the first year of your studies. From year two onward, students have a significant amount of freedom in designing their own study program, meaning students' individual LAS trajectories will develop quite differently. 

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In the Electives, students can undertake a variety of courses and projects to further shape their profile and / or use these credits for courses taken on a semester or year abroad.

The Majors provide an in-depth education in a specific academic field that is, in itself, interdisciplinary. After their first year of studies, students choose one of the following Majors:

  1. Earth and Environmental Sciences
  2. Life Sciences
  3. Governance
  4. Culture and History

The Core is shared by all LAS students. It encompasses basic and advanced academic skills, philosophical and descriptive reflections on knowledge and science, and the a curriculum on Responsibility and Leadership.


The LAS curriculum is organized in modules. You can find the full description of each module in the Module Handbook.

The Foundational Year:

The starting point of your LAS studies at University College Freiburg is the Foundational Year. It provides students a broad and structured entry into the academic world and establishes a shared basis of skills and knowledge. The Foundational Year has four parts: 

  1. Academic Key Skills (LAS Core)
  2. Perspectives on Knowledge (LAS Core)
  3. Responsibility and Leadership (LAS Core)
  4. Introductions to Majors (LAS Major)

 

Infografik LAS Foundational Year

(Please note that the Foundational Year is slightly different for students who
follow German language classes to achieve the A2 level.) 

Core:

The Core is a distinctive feature of the Freiburg LAS program and offers a foundation for knowledge and reflection in academic work and beyond. It is therefore in part philosophical and in part practical. The Core Program consists of three parts:

  1. Academic methods and key skills for research, analysis, presentation, and writing
  2. Reflections on Science and Knowledge: philosophy, history, and social anthropology of science and knowledge – the key to interdisciplinary education and training
  3. Responsibility and Leadership

This combination merges the students' training in personal skills, research methods, and general epistemology into a comprehensive framework that has social applicability, intellectual depth, and personal relevance. Consequently, all students participate in the Core Program. 

The following chart provides an overview of the Core modules:

Grafik Core

The chart provides an overview of the LAS Core. You can find the full description of each module in the Module Handbook

Major: Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Major Earth and Environmental Sciences provides a holistic view of our planet Earth. In the basic courses students study the physical and living environment in order to acquire fundamental knowledge of the nature surrounding us and to explore questions about the history and evolution of the Earth. Observed trends can then be used to better predict the future of the Earth, which is also influenced by human activity. The Major gives students a strong research-oriented foundation in the natural sciences and enables them to relate this to many 21st century challenges and possible solutions. The advanced modules provide specialization opportunities, with a strong emphasis on Environmental Governance and on Sustainable Resources and Energy.

The following chart gives you an overview of the modules in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Major:

Grafik Earth & Environmental Sciences

The chart provides an overview of the Major composition, but the modules are not necessarily listed in the order in which they will be taken. You can find the full description of each module in the Module Handbook

Major: Life Sciences

The Major Life Sciences is focused on human beings and the conditions under which they interact with their physical environment and other human beings. Specifically, the Life Sciences Major explores questions about the structures and functions of the human body and the human mind, the interaction with the environment, and also the interface between biological and technical systems. We consider the human being a researching subject as well as a subject of research. The Major in Life Sciences will give you a strong research-oriented foundation in the natural sciences and relate this foundation to 21st century challenges. 

The following chart gives you an overview of all basic and advanced modules in the Life Sciences Major:

Grafik Life Sciences

The chart provides an overview of the Major composition, but the modules are not necessarily listed in the order in which they will be taken. You can find the full description of each module in the Module Handbook.

Major: Governance

Governance studies what happens when many people live together and depend on each other. It is about the negotiation and achievement of common goals, such as peace, prosperity, and happiness. The Major Governance is different from a program in political science or in law because it covers a broader range of social science disciplines. It is oriented around three central areas of inquiry: communities, states, and markets.

The following chart is an overview of the basic and advanced modules in the Governance Major:

Grafik Governance

The chart provides an overview of the Major composition, but the modules are not necessarily listed in the order in which they will be taken. You can find the full description of each module in the Module Handbook

Major: Culture and History

The Major Culture and History focuses on the academic study of the cultures and histories of people from around the world and across time. The Major has no temporal or geographic concentration. Instead, students sample an exciting range of topics while developing their ability to analyze all kinds of cultural objects, frame strong questions about cultural-historical problems, and produce coherent interpretive arguments – classic humanistic skills that remain relevant to individual reflection, academic research, and global public life. Culture and History's interdisciplinary approach to the humanities combines history, philosophy, anthropology, and the study of art, music, and literature.

The following chart gives you an overview of the modules in the Culture and History Major:

Grafik Culture & History

The chart provides an overview of the Major composition, but the modules are not necessarily listed in the order in which they will be taken. You can find the full description of each module in the Module Handbook

Electives:

The Electives account for 72 out of the total 240 ECTS credits of the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) program. 

Electives allow students to supplement their Major and to shape their specific academic profile. Depending on their intellectual interest and future plans, students use the Electives to either deepen or broaden their studies. Academic advisors are ready to support students in making well-informed and meaningful choices regarding their Electives. Please note the regulations on the Electives as defined in the Study and Exam Regulations as well as the procedures and forms for credit recognition in the Electives as laid out on the ILIAS Info Board.