BA Social and Cultural Anthropology

The Bachelor programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology is offered by the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthroplogy (Standard length of study: 6 semesters). The BA programme can be either studied as a 90 credit core subject or in combination with another core subject as a 60 credit separate module course.

Object of the Programme

The interdisciplinary Bachelor programme Social and Cultural Anthropology integrates issues, methods and explanatory approaches of the subjects of Early American studies, Ethnology and Comparative Musicology with participation from three institutes of the Freie Universität Berlin: the Latin American Institute, the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Seminar for Musicology.

The programme provides an overview of the history of the subject and theoretical history as well as essential methods and theories of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Cultural, social, economic, political and religious forms of human organisation are brought into focus and the processes of socio-cultural change. Comparison between cultures is also thematised. A particular focal point is the effect of increasing globalisation and mediatisation on cultural systems and social structures. In this context the subject concerns itself with forms of inequality with respect to social constructs such as ethnicity, class, gender and age.

Students ultimately gain technical competence in areas of Social and Cultural Anthropology. In addition, an indigenous language which differs in its structure to that of European languages is also studied. The following languages, among others, may be chosen at the Freie Universität Berlin: Oriya, Swahili, Quechua, Classical Aztec, the Mayan languages K’iche and Ch’ol, Hindi, Turkish, Tartar, Japanese, Korean or Chinese.

After successful completion of studies the title “Bachelor of Arts (BA)” will be awarded.

Contact Persons

Person responsible for the programme Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kummels
Study programme coordinator Angelika Wolf; M.A.
Study programme advisor Angelika Wolf, M.A.
Responsibility at the Examination Office Teresa Graf
Contact for the Examining Board Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kummels (chair of the board)

New Information

 Please consult the German page.

Information regarding Studies

For more information regarding the study programme as well as study and examination regulations, degree completion phase and forms, please consult the German version of this page.

Requirements for Taking Exams

  Professors and private lecturers Post doctoral research fellows Research assistants (pre-doc) Visiting Lecturers (Lehrbeauftragte)
Module (part) examinations yes yes yes yes
Supervision of the BA Thesis yes yes no no
Second correction of the BA Thesis yes yes no no