DIVERSITY - in modern societies

When considering the development of our modern global society, individuals are regarded as indivisible biological, psychological and socially determined beings. This area includes topics such as social cohesion, state systems, the preservation of social welfare or the effects of regulatory systems on the individual, such as their impact on human rights. Diversity is thus regarded as a driving force behind development and progress.

Study Programs

Global Economics and Management (BA)

A multitude of political, social and cultural forces drive economic decisions in our globalized world. To understand these forces students need to learn about the many challenges faced by today’s firms and economies. These include resource depletion, financial crises, ethical questions or social exclusion. The program Global Economics and Management views the classical studies of business administration and economics within a global context and combines them with knowledge from political science, sociology, ethics and engineering.


Integrated Social Sciences (BA)

In this program students learn how contemporary societies have developed and how they function, with a focus on the key challenges these societies are confronted with (e.g. economic globalization, the growth of megacities and ethno-cultural diversity). None of these issues can be fully grasped, let alone addressed, through the prism of a single social science. A comprehensive understanding will only come from integrating insights from all the social sciences, together with relevant facts identified by the natural sciences. The aim of this program is to train students in gaining an all-round perspective on human behavior and social organization.


International Business Administration (BA)

The International Business Administration program covers all the essential areas of business and management with an international outlook. Students will develop strategic and practical perspectives on value creation in a globalized, culturally diverse, and technology-driven world. Topics that are emphasized include the management of international firms, the integration of information technology in all business areas, and the influence of the economic and cultural context on business activities. The program teaches an informed, comparative and critical understanding of common business practices, problems, and values in an international context.


International Relations: Politics and History (BA)

The program International Relations: Politics and History offers an analytical approach to past and current international problems. It introduces students to the evolution of international politics, international economics, and domestic political systems. Students gain knowledge of international law, diplomacy, finance, communication, and intercultural exchange. They acquire a critical understanding of present issues, and learn about the political and social developments that have shaped today’s world over the past two centuries. The Jacobs Political Science program was highly ranked in the CHE RANKING 2015.


Psychology (BA)

This program deals with the general principles underlying human behavior, emotions and thoughts, their empirical investigation and the implications of research findings for theoretical questions and in a variety of applied settings. At the center of this program is the role of human cognitions and feelings for interaction and communication across multiple dimensions of diversity with respect to the individual, dyads, and groups and within and between societies. Understanding and explaining related phenomena, such as conflict and cooperation, involves an interdisciplinary view on the interaction of biological, psychological and cultural processes.


International Relations (MA)

This joint program with the University of Bremen is research-driven and leads to a Master of Arts degree in International Relations: Global Governance and Social Theory. The fields covered are: theories and issues of global governance, changing context of global governance, theorizing social order and change, and methodology. A consecutive PhD is offered by the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), a joint project by Jacobs University and University of Bremen, funded by the German Excellence Initiative.


Psychologie (Bilingual MSc)

Psychology explores human experiences and behavior, and comes up with suggestions about how optimal conditions can be created so people can fully and at the same time lastingly utilize as much as possible their potential for mental health, productivity and quality of life. Two essential changes taking place in our society are the growing diversity due to globalization coupled with the resulting influx of people with a different cultural origin and the demographic change. These developments mean at the same time great opportunities and challenges for living together.