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The Bachelor‘s Programme in Anthropology provides a broad and critical overview of the history and becoming of the discipline of anthropology as well as the opportunity to specialize in a variety of thematic and regional areas. The programme is characterized by a combination of theoretical research with practice-oriented approaches. Designed to provide students with a first academic degree, the BA Programme intends to equip students with fundamental scientific skills and professional knowledge to thereby qualify them for independent academic work. Language of instruction is German and English.
The focus of the Bachelor‘s Programme in Anthropology is cultural difference and practice in local and global contexts. Our aim is to provide students with an anthropologically informed description and understanding of commonalities and differences of human ways of life and thinking. This includes in particular the ability to critically question seemingly universal models of thought, value orientations, and practices. Throughout the course, students are provided with a comprehensive grounding in classical as well as contemporary debates in social and cultural anthropology and are introduced to the distinctive research methods of the discipline.
Please have a look at the information system of Heidelberg University if you want to know which courses are offered in the Bachelor's Programme at the present term.
In the module handbook (German) you will find a detailed description of the structure and aims of the B.A. Anthropology.
Our brochure (German) provides general information about the Bachelor's Programme.
Anthropology at Heidelberg University
Anthropology at Heidelberg University is located at three institutes and thus offers a wide range of possibilities: The Institute of Anthropology, the Department of Anthropology at the South Asia Institute, and the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies. While the Institute of Anthropology focuses on Southeast Asia and Oceania, the South Asia Institute with its eight departments offers a comprehensive curriculum on the cultures, histories, literature, politics and economy of the South Asian region. In addition the Karl Jaspers Centre, with its focus on transcultural studies, offers students avenues for comparison with East Asia and access to current, innovative, and internationally linked research. Students of the MA in Anthropoloogy can also take courses offered by the programmes 'Master of Health and Society in South Asia' located at the South Asia Institute and the 'Master of Transcultural Studies' offered by the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies.
Regional and Theoretical Foci
Anthropology in Heidelberg offers a wide spectrum of theoretical fields with the core areas Ritual and Performance, Medical Anthropology, Media Anthropology, Political Ecology (environment) and Nature-Culture relations. Furhter foci are Intercultural Ethics, Migration and Urban Anthropology, Transcultural Studies, Social Structures, Gender, and the Anthropology of Aging. Regional specializations include South Asia, South East Asia and Oceania. There exist numerous possibilities to learn other European and Non-European languages. The Institute of Anthropology offers introductory courses in Thai, Bahasa Indonesia and Tok Pisin while the South Asia Institute offers numerous South Asian languages.
Admission & Application
The general application deadline is:
- June 1 - July 15 for enrolment in October
- December 1 - January 15 for enrolment in April
Admission to the Bachelor's Course in Anthropology as a second major (50%) or as a minor field (25%) is not limited.
International students must apply through the International Relations Office. Further details and information about international applications can only be given by the International Relations Office.
Click here for further information concerning the application procedure or contact the programme coordinators.
There exist the opportunity to enroll in a Bachelor's Course in Anthropology on a part-time basis - at the beginning as well as during an ongoing full-time course of studies. More information concerning the part-time studies at Heidelberg University here.
If you are interested in a part-time course of study or if you have other questions concerning this opportunity, please contact the programme coordinator.
Lukasz Siegwald, M.A.
First of all, you apply regularly for the Bachelor's Programme in Anthropology (see Admission and Application). Furthermore, you compile a schedule of studies with the aid of the part-time studies coordinator. With enrolment you hand in your accepted and signed schedule as well as the application for a part-time course of study at the Central Student Administration.
There exists also the possibility to switch over to a part-time course of study during an ongoing full-time course of study. In this case, you have to hand in your signed schedule of studies and the application for a part-time course of study during the re-registration period.
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