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Archaeological Sciences

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

What do a Viking market, Medieval graves in the ruins of a chapel, and a Roman military base have in common? They have all been researched by the Institute of Archaeology (IAW) of the University of Freiburg, whose researchers and students unveiled revealed their long-hidden secrets. The University of Freiburg is home to an archaeological institute which covers one of the widest specialist ranges in the German-speaking region. During your studies you will discover the enormous versatility of archaeological science – in theory and practice.


Understanding the cultural development of humanity

Archaeological science is concerned with past cultures and how our ancestors lived. This involves the study of people’s material remains such as tools, grave gifts and buildings, but also inscriptions and art objects.

With us, you will gain an insight into every era, from the first evidence of humanity to Early Modern times. You will learn about the various cultures from the whole area of the Mediterranean and the southwestern part of the Asian continent. You will master methods and theories and also undertake practical work.

On excursions and training digs you will have the opportunity of strengthening your knowledge on site, gaining insights into the profession and even studying original items.

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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 July–22 October
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Humanities

The B.A. program in Archaeological Sciences provides a solid grounding in the content, methods, and theories of archaeological research. It focuses both on archaeological records and monuments still located at their original site and objects from excavations and collections. The course of study covers Europe, the Mediterranean area, and the Near East in all periods, from the first appearance of humans to the early modern period. Students choose an emphasis in four of the following six archeological areas: prehistoric archaeology, Near Eastern archaeology, classical archaeology, archaeology of the Roman provinces, Christian archaeology and Byzantine art history, and early historical archaeology and the archaeology of the Middle Ages.

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

Business Administration | Educational Science and Education Management | German as a Second Language* | English and American Studies | Cultural and Social Anthropology | Cultural Anthropology and European Anthropology | French | Geography | History | German Studies: German Literature | Islamic Studies | Italian | Jewish Studies | Catalan | Catholic-Theological Studies | Classical Philology | Cognitive Science | Art History | Medieval Latin Philology* | Musicology | Philosophy | Political Science | Portuguese | Psychology | Romanian* | Sinology | Scandinavian Studies | Slavic studies | Sociology | Spanish | Sport Therapy* | German Linguistics | Economics |

* 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:
In the summer semester 2020 and in the winter semester 2020/21 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 Student Advising Office

The central student advisory service - the Central Student 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

Program Coordination
Susanne Wenzel M.A.
Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften
Vorderhaus, R207
Belfortstraße 22
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-3387
Sprechstunde: Dienstag und Mittwoch 10-12 Uhr

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

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