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Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology (B.A.) (two subjects)

As fascinating as life itself: migration and urbanism research, communication research and film, the historical living environment and the relationship between people and things. We investigate the complex facets of everyday life. At one of the largest institutes for cultural anthropology nationwide, you will receive a wide-ranging education in research methods and theories. Along with Master's and other studies, this degree programme will prepare you for work in research, in the media sector, in cultural establishments and in museums.

Programme name: Cultural Anthropology /European Ethnology (B.A.) (2 subjects)
Degree: Bachelor (B.A.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start: Only the winter semester
Language of the programme: German


  • 1st subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): open admission (application to International Student Services)

Course description
The field of cultural anthropology/European ethnology, at our Institute called CAEE for short, is a culturological discipline.

Cultural anthropology/European ethnology looks at:

  • Everyday culture in the European setting using qualitative methods
  • The apparently self-understood from a present and historical perspective
  • Knowledge artefacts and interpretive traditions that dictate and structure our everyday lives
  • Material and immaterial cultural assets as an expression of values and norms
  • Mutually interactive mediation processes within social classes and groups

Research foci at the Institute for CAEE
The academic and research programmes offered by the Institute for CAEE ensure that students receive a sound education in cultural history and contemporary ethnographical methods while teaching the theory and practice of ethnographical film in culture studies.

Additional thematic foci at the Göttingen Institute:

  • Communication and narrative research
  • Migration and ethnicity
  • Visual anthropology
  • Women and gender research
  • Tourism research
  • Fringe groups and subcultures
  • Economics, politics and culture (discourses on culture heritage)
  • Historical and contemporary urban and community studies
  • Social networks and relations
  • Material culture
  • Museology and museum practice

Study profiles:
Within the Bachelor’s degree programme, a major in CAEE can be combined with an additional subject.

Double Bachelor
1st major subject (CAEE or subject XXXXX) 84 C, 2nd major subject (subject XXXXX or CAEE) 66 C, key qualifications 18 C, Bachelor's thesis (in CAEE or in subject XXX) 12 C

A first major in CAEE (84 C) will prepare the student for a CAEE-specific Master's degree. Additional CAEE modules reinforce the student's deeper understanding of their academic and practical experiences.

Double Bachelor + general studies programme
1. 1st major subject (CAEE or subject XXX) 66 C, 2nd major subject (subject XXX or CAEE) 66 C, general studies programme 18 C, key qualifications 18 C, Bachelor's thesis CAEE (or subject XXX) 12 C

A double-major CAEE degree with 66 C for each major can be supplemented in freely selected modules from other subjects for the General studies programme ("studium generale").

All study profiles give their graduates the qualifications to continue in one of the consecutive Master's degree programmes.

Language requirements for the degree programme
Proficiency in two modern European foreign languages or one modern European foreign language and Latin are emphatically recommended.

What are some examples of where cultural anthropologists and European ethnologists work?

  • Institutes of higher education, universities and research institutes
  • All branches of the media
  • Museums and publishing houses
  • Regional and (inter)national cultural agencies
  • Intercultural mediation
  • Tourism
  • Market and trend research
  • Press and public relations
  • Archives

What qualifications do I need?
CAEE students should have a critical interest in everyday historical and contemporary culture(s) along with a keen desire for independent thinking and working!

Internships/study projects/semesters abroad
Alongside academic skills, dynamic job markets additionally demand practical experience. That is one reason why the CAEE Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes integrate professional training elements as well as the opportunity for a semester abroad. The Institute always keeps study places open for foreign Erasmus students who are interested in CAEE.