The globalisation of markets and economies requires an understanding of international economic structures, foreign cultures and foreign language skills. In the 2000/01 winter semester, "European Economic Studies (EES)" became Bavaria’s first consecutive bachelor’s/master’s programme in economics (and one of the first in Germany) that addresses precisely these topics and is based on a 3 + 2 model (3-year bachelor’s degree + 2-year master’s). In addition to a variety of electives, practical relevance and an internationally oriented curriculum, this programme places special emphasis on interdisciplinarity with regard to relevant subject matter from the social sciences and economics.
The primary prerequisite for successfully completing an economics degree is an interest in economic issues and related phenomena in broader society. Additionally, the ability to think analytically is particularly pertinent for comprehending and structuring complex interrelationships. Economics examines macroeconomic structures (economic and industrial policy, globalisation and financial markets, economics of education and labour markets, etc.). The theoretical approach to economics largely employs mathematical and statistical methods. However, this in no way means that only true 'maths buffs' can successfully complete this degree. Nevertheless, a willingness to explore and apply mathematical methods is required.