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  • Duration: 6 semesters
  • Degree Award: Bachelor of Arts
  • Language: German
  • admission limited

Gender Studies - Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme

Within the scope of the Dual-subject Bachelor, you can take Gender Studies

  • as a primary or secondary dual subject (60 ECTS) or
  • as a Minor (30 ECTS) combined with a Major

Gender Studies can be studied either in connection with a non-teaching career goal or as a professional teaching qualification. If you want to become a teacher, you must follow the combinations of subjects (in German) for each teaching position.

Orientation and Goals

'Is it a boy or a girl?' This is one of the first questions when a baby is born. But what does the division of human beings into two genders mean? How does this affect the perception of the self and others, identity, and circumstances of individuals? In what ways do gender constructions permeate the social and cultural order of societies? What role do other categories such as age, ethnicity, sexuality or social position play? What mechanisms of domination or power apply in these cases?
Gender Studies addresses these questions. This programme at the University of Oldenburg is oriented towards cultural studies. Accordingly, students learn the basics of gender research in combination with cultural theory. The methods and techniques of several disciplines are integrated into Gender Studies. In this programme, privilege and marginalisation are investigated on the basis of gender concepts from different cultural, national and global contexts. Equality and anti-descrimination policies also come into the picture, as do the goals and meanings of social movements. International perspectives and close cooperation with experts and academics from across Europe and further afield form an integral part of the programme.
The development of analytical and intercultural competencies enables students to work with transdisciplinary issues concerning gender perspectives fields of cultural activity. Such fields are introduced in this programme, and students have the opportunity to test their newly acquired competencies in an internship.
In this degree programme in Gender Studies at the University of Oldenburg, students work in small groups with plenty of individual attention. Central perspectives are:


  • the inter and transdisciplinary investigation of the politics of representation;
  • processes of transculturalism and cultural transfer (migration of people and things);
  • queer theory applied to the understanding of societal processes of normalisation in the field of sexuality;
  • gender-specific education processes;
  • the connection of theoretical and practical fields in the development of gender competence.

Gender Studies is coordinated by the Study Group for Gender Studies (AG Gender Studies) in Faculty III, as well as the Centre for Interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Research (ZFG), the central contact point for gender research for lecturers, researchers, and students.

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

In today's world, gender-aware, inter-cultural and transdisciplinary skills are relevant in public affairs, in business, in science, culture, and education. Each subject combination opens the door to diverse career opportunities:


  • Education institutions (outside of the school system)
  • Cultural institutions and media
  • Universities and research institutions.
  • Institutions for development cooperation
  • Human resource management in business and administration
  • (Inter)national equality bodies

After completing this bachelor's programme, students may choose to move on to the master's degree programme 'Cultural Analysis: Representation, Performativity, and Gender' at the University of Oldenburg, or else apply to master's programmes at universities across Europe and beyond. Graduates of relevant master's programmes can apply for the structured PhD programme 'Cultural and Gender Studies' at the University of Oldenburg.

Target Group/Admission Requirements

International applicants who received their prior education abroad should apply online through uni-assist. For further details see: Application for international students

Application/Admission Procedures

This course of studies accepts a limited number of applicants, and application is only possible in the winter semester.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 20 August.

Further Information

General questions: Coordinator for Academics and Teaching: studbnyhrienkvhoordination.fk3/qko@uol.deay
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