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Cultural and Social Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – 2 field degree program - Major Field

How do people shape and organize their lives in different contexts and different places around the world? What role does religion play in Namibia, for instance? What’s the importance of new media in African societies? How do people shape their day-to-day lives in Indonesia? What are the common features and differences between the different cultural regions? What aspects influence different ways of living and cultural practices? What does ‘culture’ mean?

If you are interested in tackling these and other questions, and you want to engage intensively with the worldwide diversity of human languages and cultures as well as with how people have coexisted down the centuries and continue to coexist today, studying ethnology will interest you.

The study of ethnology is a descriptive and comparative science of cultures and societies. During your studies you will gain a broad knowledge of various social, political, economic and religious forms in which people organize their lives together.

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Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

6 semesters required for the full degree programme

ECTS points:


Admission: First semester:

without special prerequisites for admission (free admissions)

Higher semesters:

free admission

Please note: University admission requirements may change up to the start of the application period.

Application period: First semester: 1 June–6 October
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: until 30.09., Sommer Semester: until 31.03.
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Humanities

Cultural and social anthropology studies the diversity of cultures around the world. It investigates cultural forms and intercultural networks within the context of various confrontations, relations, constellations of power, and conflicts in order to promote intercultural competence in a global world. Special emphasis is placed on cultural diversity, i.e., the field does not just focus on majority societies but also on cultural, religious, and ethnic minorities. Graduates find jobs in areas like developmental cooperation, international organizations or non-government organizations, media and public relations, documentation and research institutions, universities, the foreign service, museums, regional and international cultural management, catastrophe relief, tourism, social work, etc.

An overview of all the subjects that can be taken in combination with subject Cultural and Social Anthropology by students who started their B.A. degree programme in the winter semester 2013/14 or later:

Archaeological Sciences | Business Administration | Educational Science and Education Management | English and American Studies | French | Geography | German Studies: German Literature | History | Islamic Studies | Italian | Jewish Studies | Catalan | Catholic-Theological Studies | Classical and Christian Archaeology | Classical Philology | Cognitive Science | Cultural Anthropology and European Anthropology | Art History | Musicology | Philosophy | Political Science | Portuguese | Psychology | Sinology | Scandinavian Studies | Slavic studies | Sociology | Spanish | German Linguistics | Economics | Ancient Near Eastern Studies |

* Subjects marked with a star are no longer available for selection by students beginning their studies.

For information on subject combinations, see also the "Joint Committee of the Faculty of Philology, Philosophy, and Economics and Behavioural Sciences". Subject combinations for students who started their degree programme before the winter semester 2012/13 can also be found there. » more [de]

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The central academic advisory service - the Central Academic Advising Office (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Dr. Ingo Rohrer
Institut für Ethnologie
1. OG
Werthmannstraße 10
79085 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-3582

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Examination Office

Werthmannstr.8/Rückgebäude, 79098 Freiburg
Fax: 0761 203-9267

Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
Dr. Tobie Walther
Tel. 203-3221
Raum 02 010/2. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Magister- und Promotionsstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß WPO
Annette Ehinger
Tel. 203-2011
Raum 03 011/3. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Achtung: In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit gelten gesonderte Sprechstunden, bitte informieren Sie sich rechtzeitig vor einem Besuch.
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