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The MA Anthropology of the Americas offers a continuation of the regional expertise in the fields of historical-archaeological and ethnological research in Latin America. In addition to broadening existing methodological skills and expanding on research interests, the MA program offers introductions to the research of ancient American writing systems (especially Maya hieroglyphic writing) and the analysis of indigenous written sources.

The German-Spanish MA Cultural Studies of Latin America/Estudios culturales de América Latina offers a deeper understanding of research perspectives in the cultural sciences of Latin America by addressing current debates regarding processes of social change and their processing of media. This is further accomplished by discussing these topics in the context of their global networks and highlighting their contributions to the current theoretical debates, such as decolonization.

 

 


 

Application phases for the

MA Anthropology of the Americas & M.A. Latin American Cultural Studies

for the winter term 2019/2020

06.05.2019-02.09.2019

 

 


 

 

Master Programs in Comparison


The following outline provides a comparative overview of the study designs, modules and differences between the two master programs:

I. MA Anthropology of the Americas & MA Cultural Studies of Latin America

  1. Course contents
  2. International focus
  3. Practical experience/internships
  4. Career prospects
  5. Application and admission

II. Course of study MA Anthropology of the Americas

III. Course of study MA Cultural Studies of Latin America

  
 

 

I. Comparison of the degree programs
AAnthropology of the Americas & Latin American Cultural Studies

 

MA Anthropology of the Americas MA Cultural Studies of Latin America
Studieninhalte


Das innerhalb Deutschlands einzigartige internationale Master-Studium der Anthropology of the Americas widmet sich der Geschichte und Gegenwart indigener Gesellschaften Lateinamerikas und ihren globalen Vernetzungen. Es verbindet das methodische und theoretische Wissen der Kultur- und Gesellschaftswissenschaften mit ausgewiesenen Regionalkenntnissen über Lateinamerika. Er umfasst insgesamt 120 LP mit drei Pflichtmodulen und einer großen Auswahl an Themen und Arbeitsperspektiven im Wahlpflichtbereich.

Eine Besonderheit unseres Studienganges ist das breite Lehrangebot, welches die gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen von den Anfängen komplexer Gesellschaften über die Eroberungsgeschichte bis hin zur Gegenwart unter kulturellen und gesellschaftlichen Fragestellungen in den Blick nimmt. Dabei haben Studierende die Möglichkeit Ihr Masterstudium nach zwei Schwerpunkten auszurichten:

☉ Eine ethnologische Ausrichtung zu aktuellen sozio-politischen und kulturellen Prozessen der Gegenwart in Lateinamerika unter besonderer Berücksichtigung indigener Gesellschaften.

☉ Eine archäologisch-historische Ausrichtung, die sich mit der Erforschung präkolumbischer Gesellschaften und ihrem Fortbestehen in der Kolonialzeit beschäftigt unter Berücksichtigung amerikanischer Schrift- und Notationssysteme.

Diese Schwerpunkte unterstützend, kann eine amerindische Sprache (Náhuatl, Yukatekisches Maya, K'iche'-Maya oder Quechua) erlernt oder die eigenen Spanisch-Kenntnisse vertieft werden. Regelmäßig bieten wir Veranstaltungen zu Mittel- und zu Südamerika an. Kooperationen mit Universitäten in Europa und Lateinamerika ermöglichen Ihnen einen ein- bis zweisemestrigen Studienaufenthalt im Ausland.


The MA degree, “Latin American Cultural Studies”, is an international program dedicated to cultural sciences. The teaching points aim at the interdisciplinary study of present-day cultural processes in their entirety in Latin America.

Based on literary and cultural-anthropological studies, students deal with current transformation processes and learn to analyze them in both their social contexts and theoretical significance.

The program is offered jointly by the Department of Romance Studies and the Department for the Anthropology of the Americas, allowing students to understand cultural processes in their historical depths. This pointed direction represents a unique feature in the German university landscape. Very good Spanish proficiency at the C1 level is required and will be further developed in the master degree program.

Detailed information can be found on the Romance Studies website:
https://www.romanistik.uni-bonn.de/studium/master/kulturstudien-lateinamerika

 


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MA Anthropology of the Americas MA Cultural Studies of Latin America
International focus


  Let’s speak English! - ¿Discutirémos en Español? 


This is how it‘s going to be in our newly distinguished international master degree “Anthropology of the Americas” because - starting with winter semester 2018/19 - all courses will be conducted in English and/or Spanish. Term papers and master’s theses can still be submitted in German, but also in English or Spanish. For applicants this means that English proficiency at the appropriate level must now be demonstrated. Apart from this, we will enjoy trying out our international skills and capabilities!

 

Ma tonhuihcan México!
(Náhuatl for: “let’s go to Mexico!”)

Numerous cooperations between our and foreign universities continue to be available for studying abroad. Many of our students study for one to two semesters at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico), the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico, D.F.), or the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima. Others have decided on the Universidad de Talca in Chile, which also has an exchange program, while still others have independently chosen a university in Argentina, Ecuador, or Canada.

The department cooperates with the “MA Exchange Program on Pre-Columbian Archaeology and Art” (MEARAP) with partner-universities in Brussels, Paris and Leiden. In all university cooperations, students receive free admission to study programs and, through the particular specializations of the partner-universities, can choose a focus in their studies that corresponds to their personal abilities and goals. Likewise, international students also come to Bonn. After winter semester 2018/19, German proficiency is no longer required for admission into the program.

 

Course languages are German and Spanish. In the case of joint courses, instructions may be in English.
 

Both, the Department for the Anthropology of the Americas and the Department of Romance Studies cooperate with numerous European partner-universities and maintain Erasmus cooperations with universities in Almería, Barcelona, Brussels, Cádiz, Granada, Leiden, León, Madrid, Paris, Salamanca, Seville, Valladolid, Valencia and Zaragoza.

Students receive free admission to study programs and, through the particular specializations of the partner-universities, can choose a focus in their studies that corresponds to their personal abilities and goals. Likewise, international students also come to Bonn, which is why, in addition to German, courses are also taught in English and Spanish in the master program.


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MA Anthropology of the Americas MA Cultural Studies of Latin America
Practical experience/internships

 

Detailed information about internship options with the department regarding scope, planning, recognition, and funding opportunities can be found here.


A Career-oriented internship is required in the MA Anthropology of the Americas. We offer two variations: Internship A and B, each at 5 credits (LP). Both begin with a one-semester series of lectures consisting of former student guest speakers who are now working in various professions.

Internship A
In the first of two possible practical fields, students choose an organization outside of the university based on their particular interests. Many of our students choose museums and development organizations, while some choose to work with archaeological research projects in Latin America. Here, it is necessary to get to know the professional life, to master it, and to decide for yourself if this professional direction is the right one. It is also necessary to decide which qualifications in the course of your continued studies should be specifically pursued in order to achieve your career goals. Students are expected to search for internship positions independently. However, tips and support during the search for a suitable internship provider are offered by the student council by means of personal accounts of their experiences and through the academic advisory service (“Studienberatung”).

 

Internship B

In our teaching and study collection, the Bonn Archaeological and Ethnographic Collection of the Americas (BASA), we offer regular internships for students. Here, the goal is to introduce students to the professional work in museums or university collections, which includes work with material culture (visual inspection, organization, description and classification), the preparation, planning and realization of exhibitions, press and public relations regarding exhibition openings, and the preparation of seminars that work with objects from the collection. We also offer a library internship that provides an introduction to the tasks and type of work expected in a library (research, acquisition, signatures, user support, etc.). With this, additional training for work as a subject specialist librarian can be pursued.

Depending on the project, practical publications will be announced that involve the participation in research and publication projects by individual instructors. The trainees carry out research in the context of bequested literature and the digitization of materials. Overall, it involves participating in the editing of primary sources and book manuscripts, which may be of interest for future careers in the publishing sector.


A multi-week internship in preparation for professional direction is required. It can be course-related or carried out during a semester on leave in or outside of Germany at an institution or company of one’s own choosing after consultation with the associated lecturer. For master students, internships and student assistant positions are offered in the departments for Anthropology of the Americas and Romance Studies.


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MA Anthropology of the Americas MA Cultural Studies of Latin America
Career prospects


¿Kux teech, ba’ax ka beetik?

Yucatec Maya for “And you, what are you doing?”

The goal of the master program is to enable students to independently and analytically clarify questions about cultural processes of the past and present in Latin America, to produce and to communicate research results – skills not only required in the sciences, but also, for example, in the independent planning and realization of projects. With the acquired language, regional and methodological-analytical skills in addition to the intercultural and interdisciplinary competencies acquired through the course of studies, our graduates are qualified for occupations in:

☉ Internationally operating organizations and establishments (public agencies, foundations, non-governmental organizations, tourism sector, etc.)
☉ Scientific and cultural management

☉ Adult education

☉ Museology

☉ Research and teaching (universities, technical colleges, research institutions)

☉ Public outreach


The goal of the master program is to enable students to independently and analytically clarify questions about cultural processes of the past and present in Latin America, to produce and to communicate research results – skills not only required in the sciences, but also, for example, in the independent planning and realization of projects. Due to the acquired intercultural and interdisciplinary competencies, graduates of this subject qualified for numerous occupations in:

☉ International organizations, public agencies and foundations

☉ Scientific and cultural management

☉ Establishments working in the field of Latin America

☉ Public outreach

☉ Media and publishing sector

☉ Adult education

☉ Research and teaching, etc.


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MA Anthropology of the Americas MA Cultural Studies of Latin America
Application and admission


Commencement of the master program “Anthropology of the Americas” can begin in either the winter or summer semester. Interested parties can apply through the University of Bonn’s Master-Portal. All required credentials, such as the higher education entrance qualification and BA Diploma (or equivalent) must be uploaded to the applicant’s profile in PDF format.

For applicants from outside of Germany, a certified translation of the required credentials must be provided in either English or German along with the originals (also in PDF format).

The MA program “Anthropology of the Americas” requires a bachelor’s degree in a socio- or cultural-anthropological subject, or an archaeological or historical oriented subject that pertains to Latin American studies or Spanish studies. Applicants from other degree programs must have obtained regional knowledge of the Americas (24 credits) achieved through separate studies or participation in events with an average grade of at least 2.3 (in the German grading system) in their previous studies.

Additionally, English skills of at least B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference Languages (CEFR) are required for all applicants. Proficiency must be proven on the application by means of a school certificate (of at least five school years) or a certificate from appropriate consecutive language courses at universities or language and culture institutes.

For the MA “Anthropology of the Americas”, additional proficiency in the Spanish language of at least three school years or from appropriate consecutive language courses at universities or language and culture institutes at the A2 level of the CEFR (or at the level of the bachelor module’s “Language Practical Propaedeutic 2”) is advised.


The MA program “Latin American Cultural Studies” requires a BA degree in Romance Studies, Spanish Studies, Latin and Ancient American Studies, or in the dual-subject BA Ancient American Studies and Ethnology. Graduates of other BA programs must exhibit an understanding of Hispanic, Latin American, or ancient American subjects (e.g. through individual activities or study and teaching experiences in Latin America).

 

Application:

The MA degree may begin in both the winter and summer semesters. Interested parties can apply via the Master-Portal of the University of Bonn. The deadlines of the individual application phases change each year, thus we suggest timely inquiries with the academic advisory service or with the Faculty of Arts. Please be aware that all required credentials, such as your higher education entrance qualification and bachelor diploma (or equivalent), must be submitted as a PDF in order to upload them to the applicant profile.

BPlease note that applicants from outside of Germany must submit a certified translation of the required credentials in either English or German along with the originals (also in PDF format).

Proof of German proficiency at the TDN3 (TestDaF) or B2.2 (CEFR) level is required and must be submitted for registration in the degree program (after successful acceptance).


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II. Course of study MA Anthropology of the Americas

 

 With a single click on a particular module, you will automatically be taken to the corresponding page in the examination regulations.

 

Semester Compulsory modules - 25 credits Elective modules 65 credits
 1. Primary Sources of the Americas
Ethnohistory
 

Elective Part I (choice of six with a total of 60 credits)

Archaeology
Archaeology of the Americas
Writing Systems and Record Keeping in the Americas
Quantitative Research Methods in Archaeology

Ethnology
Methods and Theories in Anthropology 
Indigenous Societies of (Latin)America
Cultural Anthropology of the Americas

Amerindian Languages (max. 2 modules)
4 Basic Modules Amerindian Language
Náhuatl
Yucatec Maya
K’iche‘ Maya
Quechua

4 Advanced Moduels Amerindian Language
Náhuatl
Yucatec Maya
K’iche‘ Maya
Quechua

Import modules
Mastermodul Medien und Kultur in Lateinamerika (from the MA Cultural Studies of Latin America)
Recht als Kultur I (RK I; from the MA Sociology)
B7 Geomatik (from the MA Geography)

Elective Part II (choice of one with a total of 5 credits)
Internship A
Internship B

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 4. Master Colloquium
Master thesis 30 credits
120 credits

 

Legend: LP: credits, SWS: credit hours per week
Course format: V/Pl: Lecture/Plenum, S: Seminar, Ü: Exercise, K: Colloquium, PÜ/SpÜ: Language Exercise, E: Excursion, T: Tutorial
Forms of Examination: Kl: Written exam, M: Oral exam, R: Class presentation, Prä: Presentation, Pro: Proceedings, Port: Portfolio, HA: Term paper or project work

 

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III. Course of study MA Cultural Studies of Latin America

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