Archaeological Sciences (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

Archaeological sciences focuses on investigating traces and artefacts left behind by past cultures. The aim of research is to learn more about the living conditions of ancient societies, from the Palaeolithic era, to the worlds of the Greeks and Romans, to the end of the Byzantine Empire. Archaeologists work closely with specialists in neighbouring subjects, such as history, philology and art history, as well as earth sciences and computer science. The degree programme covers three sub-disciplines: prehistoric archaeology, classical archaeology and Christian archaeology.

What can I do with this degree?

At FAU archaeological sciences covers a wide range of content and methodology, meaning that graduates of the degree programme have good career prospects in monument conservation, at museums and in research. Currently many jobs require applicants to have a doctoral degree.

What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in past cultures
  • an interest in historical issues and relationships
  • a flair for detective work
  • a willingness to examine lost artefacts and cultures from a hypothetical perspective
  • team skills
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU

The combination of three sub-disciplines in one degree programme is a unique feature, as it covers an unusually broad range of archaeological topics. When the subjects that are offered in collaboration with Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg are also taken into account, it is possible to study periods in archaeology up to modern times. The degree programme offered in Erlangen has a very practical focus. Using the two public teaching collections, you will learn about museum work and also take part in and conduct research with original artefacts.

Potential challenges

Knowledge of two foreign languages, including Latin, is required for the course of study. Knowledge of a third foreign language is also strongly recommended (also in the examination regulations).

Combinable degree programs

Can be combined*

Book Studies (BA), English and American Studies (BA), French Studies (BA), German Language and Literature (BA), History (BA), Greek Philology (BA), Hispanic Studies (BA), Indo-European and Indo-Iranian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Art History (BA), Latin Philology (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Oriental Studies (BA), Education (BA), Philosophy (BA), Political Science (BA), Chinese Studies (BA), Scandinavian Studies (BA), Sociology (BA)

*These courses are scheduled in such a way that the subjects can usually be combined without overlapping.

Can be combined after consulting a study advisor*

Computational Linguistics (BA), Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), Islamic-Religious Studies (BA), Italian Studies (BA), Theatre and Media Studies (BA)

As it is not guaranteed that there will be no overlap between teaching times in this combination, you will be required to submit proof of consultation with a study advisor when enrolling. Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) or the Student Service Centre of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.

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Start date of degree program: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme, Two subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Size: (currently 1-50 Students)
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions