Bachelor of Arts
Cultural Studies and Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Studies and Cultural Anthropology

People live their daily lives without really giving it a second thought. But why do we do things the way we do them? What is normal to us and what isn’t? What does a typical day in our lives look like? What impacts our lives? How do our lives adapt to digital developments? How do different social groups handle different challenges? Other questions are: What is culture and where do we find it? Was does diversity mean and why is it desirable? Why could diversity be perceived as a threat?

The Cultural Studies and Cultural Anthropology degree program provides answers to these and other related questions, with cultural analysis of European societies in local and global contexts being at the heart of the field. In the minor Cultural Studies and Cultural Anthropology, students acquire basic knowledge of social and cultural aspects of empirical cultural studies as well as the theoretical and methodological competences needed in ethnological and ethnographic research. In the course of the program, students are introduced to the fields of cultural studies and cultural anthropology by gaining an overview of the disciplines’ histories, past research and different research areas. Furthermore, students take a closer look at the research areas and practical fields of cultural studies and cultural anthropology from both a present-day and a historic perspective, gaining comparative insights to the theoretical and methodological ground on which cultural studies, cultural anthropology and ethnology build.

This subject must be combined with a second subject.

Possible lines of work:

Cultural industry and publicly-funded culture, museums and collections, media production, publishing, archiving and knowledge transfer, adult education, advisory and evaluative positions.

Local NC (Uni Bonn)
NC values ​​from previous semesters
2021/2022 Wintersemester
free admission
Bachelor of Arts
6 Semester
Winter semester

University entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur)

German language proficiency (DSH level 2, CEFR level C1, as per DSH exam. regulations)

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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