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Anthropology of the Americas as a Field of Study

Focusing on the indigenous societies of the Americas, students of our degree courses acquire the basic tenets of social and cultural anthropology, and learn about theory and method in historical and linguistic research. The American continent offers an abundance of phenomena of social development and cultural change, which constitute a unique case and allow for contrastive analysis with cultural and historical processes in the "Old World". The degree study courses in the Anthropology of the Americas offer classes on topics from the subfields of anthropology, ethnography, ethnohistory, archaeology, Maya epigraphy and Amerindian languages.

The Department hosts several research projects in these fields, which provide students with opportunities to engage in active research and a limited number of research assistant positions.

We currently offer the following degree programmes:

BA degree programmes:

  • BA (Major) in Latin American Studies with Anthropology of the Americas (in cooperation with the Department of Romance Studies)
  • BA (Double Major) in the Anthropology of the Americas
  • BA (Minor) in the Anthropology of the Americas (36 credit points)
  • B.Sc. (Geography Minor) in the Anthropology of the Americas

MA degree programmes:

  • MA Latin American Cultural Studies (in cooperation with the Department of Romance Studies)
  • MA in the Anthropology of the Americas

 

The podcast below, filmed in 2011, gives an overview of studying at our Department. Docents and students describe the multidisciplinary and thematic diversity of the field, introduce practical applications and discuss career opportunities.

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