Master of Arts
Transcultural Studies / Cultural Anthropology

Transcultural Studies / Cultural Anthropology

The master’s degree program Transcultural Studies / Cultural Anthropology focuses on local and transnational cultural processes in Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. Students expand knowledge gained from the empirical cultural analysis of day-to-day life in globalized societies and learn to apply ethnographical and historical methods on the basis of insights from cultural theory. Students learn to independently explore and research geographic regions with their complex local systems and cultural diversity against the backdrop of supraregional, translocal and global networks. Moreover, they learn to resolve questions concerning processes and performances in the culture of everyday life in an analytical and interdisciplinary manner as well as to adequately prepare their research results for a broader audience.

Key characteristics of this degree program are its practical approach (e.g. close collaboration with regional museums, student research project) and students’ freedom to develop their own specialized profiles.


Possible lines of work:

Exhibitions, (curator work, guided tours, lending operations), museums/preservation of monuments and historic buildings/art dealing (galleries, auction houses), culture (administrative specialist e.g. in cultural institutions or municipal cultural affairs offices, internationally active organizations and companies (foundations, public authorities, non-governmental organizations, tourism industry), development collaboration, public relations, adult education, academia (research management, teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.), media/publishing

Open admission
Master of Arts
4 Semester
Winter semester
Summer semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant disciplin

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

English language proficiency (CEFR level B2)

Modules in the area of cultural studies worth a minimum of 24 ECTS credits

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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