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The BA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology consists of 78 credits (LP) and was designed as a double-major that can be studied with an addition subject (also 78 credits). This BA program has a historico-archaeological and an ethnological/ethnographical orientation.

In contrast, the second BA offered, Latin and Ancient American Studies, favors the acquisition of Spanish language competence combined with anthropological and cultural science methodologies. In this way, it is handled as a core subject consisting of 120 credits that is to be studied with a minor (36 credits).
 

 

Bachelor Programs in Comparison


We are often asked how exactly the two degree programs differ and have therefore created a comparative presentation in tabular form, which is structured as follows:

I. Comparison between the bachelor degrees Ancient American Studies and Ethnology & Latin and Ancient American Studies

  1. Course contents and plan
  2. Combination possibilities
  3. Recommended language skills
  4. Study abroad and internships
  5. Study orientation and suitability
  6. Application and admission
  7. Graduate studies
  8. Career prospects
  9. At a glance

II. Course schedule BA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology

III. Course schedule BA Latin and Ancient American Studies

IV. Second major in Ancient American Studies and Ethnology

V. Minor in Ancient American Studies and Ethnology

   

 

  

I. Comparison between the bachelor degrees Ancient American Studies and Ethnology & Latin and Ancient American Studies

 

BA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology BA Latin and Ancient American Studies
Course contents and plan


In the first year of studies, the two basic modules “Ancient America Studies” and “Ethnology” serve to impart foundational knowledge about indigenous societies in America, research methods (archaeology, ethnohistory, iconography, epigraphy, ethnology, linguistics) and their respective research histories.

In the second and third year, students independently structure their studies with the compulsory elective subjects I through IV based on individual regional and methodological learning-goals.

In Elective Part I, Amerindian Languages, students select a language course from those offered. These include Náhuatl, Yucatec Maya, K’iche’ Maya and Quechua.

Elective Part II offers the opportunity for regional America-related specialization with advanced modules, but also the option for comparative perspectives with an imported module from the neighboring subjects of Pre- and Early Historical Archaeology and European Ethnology.

Elective Part III deals with the practical examination of research methods in either archaeology or ethnology.

Elective Part IV serves to promote students’ career orientation by providing information about current career fields and individual career-related practical experience.


In the Hispanic Studies portion, the compulsory parts of Literature Studies and Linguistics are studied at approximately equal proportions. The three basic modules of Literature Studies, Linguistics and Latin American Cultural Studies are required. There are also three consecutive practical language modules in Spanish.

The second focus (Ancient American Studies/Ethnology) includes the two compulsory basic modules of Ancient American Studies and Ethnology.

Elective parts are advanced modules in Literature Studies and Linguistics, the cultural study of Hispanic Studies, and Ancient American Studies/Ethnology, all of which are freely combinable. In the elective area, an Amerindian Language and/or practical module can be selected.


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BA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology BA Latin and Ancient American Studies
Combination Possibilities

In the bachelor’s degree Ancient American Studies and Ethnology, the following study programs are available:

Ancient American Studies and Ethnology as a double-major bachelor
is aimed at prospective students who would like to combine archaeology and ethnology of Latin America with an additional, equally weighted subject from the Faculty of Arts (e.g. European Archaeology, Hispanic Studies, Politics and Society, History, etc.).

Ancient American Studies and Ethnology as a minor
provides an introduction to the history and research of indigenous Latin American cultures and must be combined with a major from the Faculty of Arts.

An overview of the possible combinations can be found at:
www.ba-kombinationen.uni-bonn.de

The bachelor’s degree Latin and Ancient American Studies is a major designed to be combined with a minor. The major should constitute 70% of the total volume of studies.

Generally, the degree is able to be combined with most minors, however, this excludes Hispanic Studies and Ancient American Studies and Ethnology.

An overview of the possible combinations can be found at:
www.ba-kombinationen.uni-bonn.de

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BA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology BA Latin and Ancient American Studies
Recommended Language Skills

For the study of Ancient American Studies and Ethnology, good English skills are important (at least three years). After the second year of study, Spanish skills are advised.

Language skills are not checked during enrollment process.


Applicants should have completed at least three years (A2 level) of Spanish prior to their first semester of classes. Ability to read in Spanish at the beginning of studies is required.

Language skills are not checked during enrollment process.


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B.BA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology BA Latin and Ancient American Studies
Study Abroad and Internships

 
Comprehensive information about internship options with the department regarding scope and planning along with approval and funding possibilities can be found here.


Internships

A multi-week internship is planned that includes the possibility of Latin America-related research. The Department for the Anthropology of the Americas offers library, museum, and publication internships. Instructors and student council members provide information about internships outside of the university.

Internships

An internship is not obligatory, but it is recommended for career orientation. A stay of at least one semester abroad is also advisable.

 

Study abroad

Within Europe, several universities participate in the exchange of degree courses for Master students that include, among others, the University of Krakow (Poland), the University of Leiden (Netherlands), University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) and the University of Seville (Spain). Additional information can be found here.


University cooperations in Latin America include:

☉ Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima)
☉ Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico)
☉ Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico, D.F.)
☉ Universidad de Talca (Chile)
☉ Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) in Porto Alegre (Brazil)


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BBA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology BA Latin and Ancient American Studies
Study orientation and suitability

Link to study orientation:
www.studienorientierung.uni-bonn.de

Online-self-assessment
www.selbsttest.uni-bonn.de

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BBA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology BA Latin and Ancient American Studies
Application and admission

Current information about degree programs and the admission process:
www.studienangebot.uni-bonn.de
www.bewerbungsportal.uni-bonn.de

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BA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology BA Latin and Ancient American Studies
Graduate Studies


MA Anthropology of the Americas/Antropología de las Américas


In this international master’s program, knowledge about precolonial, colonial and postcolonial indigenous societies of Latin America is expanded and deepened.
 


MA Latin American Cultural Studies/Estudios culturales de América Latina

The international master’s program is especially focused on current cultural processes and dynamics in Latin America taking into account literature studies and linguistics.

Additional information about the master’s programs can be found here.


The following master’s programs (MA) are offered to graduates of this bachelor’s degree at the University of Bonn:

Latin American Cultural Studies/Estudios culturales de América Latina
Romance Studies
Anthropology of the Americas/Antropología de las Américas
☉ Spanish Culture and European Identity: Origins and Continuity/Cultura y pensamiento europeo: tradición y pervivencia

Additional information:
www.philfak.uni-bonn.de/studium/master-studiengaenge


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BA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology BA Latin and Ancient American Studies
Career Prospects


☉ Museum and cultural management
☉ Science management (e.g. DAAD, DFG)
☉ National and international (non-governmental) organizations in development cooperation (e.g. Welthungerhilfe)
☉ Publishing and media
☉ Public relations
☉ Industry (e.g. tourism)
☉ Educational institutions in international exchange
☉ Adult education
☉ Science (with MA degree: teaching and research at universities or research institutions)


☉ Economic and cultural management
☉ Journalism
☉ Press, public relations, and marketing
☉ Communications (advertising, PR, translation)
☉ Media industry
☉ Book trade (publishing, libraries, bookselling)
☉ Educational institutions, adult education and science management
☉ International organizations and agencies
☉ Science (with MA degree: teaching and research at universities or research institutes)

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BA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology BA Latin and Ancient American Studies
At a Glance

 

Degree Study program options Standard period of study Beginning of studies
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

☉ Double major 
(78 credits)
☉ Minor 
(36 credits)

Six semesters Winter Semester
The minor of Ancient American Studies and Ethnology may not be combined with the major Latin and Ancient American Studies.

 

Degree Study program options Standard period of study Beginning of studies
Bachelor of Arts (BA)


☉ Major 
(120 credits)
 

Six semesters Winter Semester
The major of Latin and Ancient American Studies may not be combined with the minors Hispanic Studies and Ancient American Studies and Ethnology.


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II. Course schedule BA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology

 

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 Semester Compulsory modules (4 modules - 42 credits) Elective part II (24 credits), III (6 credits) und IV (6 credits)
= 36 credits
   
 1. Basic module Ancient America     Interdisciplinary practical courses of the faculty
12 credits
Second
major
78 credits
 2. Basic module Ethnology
Introduction to Scientific Work

Elective Part I (1 module)

• Basic module Amerindian Languages (2 semesers)

Selection of: 
- Náhuatl 
- Yucatec Maya 
- Maya K’iche´ 
- Quechua

 3.  

Elective Part II (choice of two with a total of 24 credits

Advanced module on Research Questions in Ancient American Studies 
Advanced module on Indigenous America 
• Advanced module on Amerindian Languages
     - Náhuatl 
     - Yucatec Maya 
     - Maya K’iche´ 
     - Quechua 
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology of European Societies
Fundamentals of Pre- and Early Historical Archaeology

Elective Part III (choice of one with a total of 6 credits)
Methods and Theories in Ethnology 
Methods and Theories in Archaeology

Elective Part IV (choice of one with a total of 6 credits) 
• External Internship
Internal Internship

 4.  
 5.  
 6. Bachelor Thesis 12 credits (in first or second subject)
     180 credits

 

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III. Course schedule BA Latin and Ancient American Studies

To be added in due time

 

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IV. Minor in Ancient American Studies and Ethnology (36 credits)


The minor in “Ancient American Studies and Ethnology” provides an initial introduction to the history and research of indigenous Latin American societies. In both basic modules of the compulsory section, new students acquire a broad understanding that ranges from the beginning of indigenous societies to the history of conquest, to the current political and social processes of the present-day in Latin America. A basic knowledge of the methods and theories of archaeological, historical, linguistic and ethnological research is also established. 

Along with the compulsory basic modules, there is the opportunity to choose a third module. One can either take one of the advanced modules, “Indigenous America” or “Research Questions in Ancient American Studies”, or select one of the basic modules of “Amerindian Languages”. The two advanced modules enable students to acquire either specific, detailed knowledge of a region (Central or South America) or, alternatively, fundamental knowledge about Latin American indigenous history based on current research questions. In addition to the deepening of student’s knowledge base, these two modules focus on introducing students to analytical work. In the basic module, “Amerindian Languages”, the study of one of four indigenous languages, Náhuatl, Yucatec Maya, K’iche’ Maya or Quechua, is possible.

The following course schedule depicts the temporal and thematic structure of the course offering:

 

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V. Minor in Ancient American Studies and Ethnology for the BSc Geography with 12-24 credits


Ancient American Studies and Ethnology can be taken as a minor in the BSc Geography. It can consist of either 12 or 24 credits depending on the choice of taking a single basic module or both basic modules. For this purpose, all course work in the basic modules must be proven. The final exam for each basic module is a written exam. Additional information can be found in the Geography course description.

 

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