Regional Studies

The world is a village – and yet extremely diverse. Depending on the region, society, culture and history differ significantly. This is what the regional sciences are looking at.

The field of study at a glance

Regional studies courses not only deal with history, language, art and culture in different regions and cultural areas, but also with social and economic conditions and processes. The students are taught regional knowledge and intercultural skills.

Regional scientists deal with, among other things, questions of religion and cultural studies, linguistics and social sciences. They examine the respective region using scientific methods. The geographical focus is, for example, on Asia, Africa, North and Latin America as well as Central and Eastern Europe.

Course offered

The subject of regional studies is offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Typical course names include Regional Studies Asia/Africa, Southeast Asia Studies, African Studies, East Asian Studies, Integrated European Studies, Interdisciplinary Russian Studies, European Studies, Latin American and Ancient American Studies, American Studies and North American Studies.

Admission criteria & application for study

Depending on the university, a local selection process may be used. In some cases, language skills in one or more foreign languages are required.

Contents of the course

In addition to language courses, history and political science subjects, the curriculum also includes ethnological and cultural content. In economics modules, students deal, among other things, with the industrial development of the respective region. But the literary and media landscape is also sometimes illuminated - e.g. B. in further study programs with corresponding focuses. Subject titles include American History, Culture and Society, Latin American History and Interculturality.

Career opportunities after graduation

After completing their studies, regional scientists work, for example, in scientific research or take on teaching positions at universities. In addition, they find fields of activity in press and public relations, in editing, journalism and proofreading, in art and culture management and in adult education.