The world is a village – yet extremely diverse. Depending on the region, society, culture and history differ considerably. A closer look dares the regional sciences.
The study field at a glance
Studies in regional science are not only concerned with history, language, art and culture in different regions and cultural areas, but also with the social and economic conditions and processes. In doing so, the students are taught about cultural studies and intercultural skills.
Regional scientists deal with issues such as religion and cultural science, linguistics and social science. They examine the respective region with scientific methods. Geographical priorities include, for example, Asia, Africa, North and Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe.
The field of study Regional Science is offered on a basic and continuing basis. Typical course designations are e.g. Regional Studies Asia / Africa, Southeast Asian Studies, African Studies, Regional Studies, Japan Studies, Integrated European Studies, Interdisciplinary Russia Studies, European Studies, Latin American and Old American Studies, American Studies and North American Studies.
Admission criteria & study application
Depending on the university, a local selection procedure can be used. Sometimes language skills in one or more foreign languages are required.
Contents of the course
In addition to language courses, historical and political science subjects are, inter alia, ethnological and cultural content on the curriculum. In economics modules, the students deal with the industrial characteristics of the respective region. But also the literary and media landscape is sometimes illuminated - e.g. in further study courses with corresponding emphasis. Typical subject titles include American History, Culture and Society, Latin American History, Developing Country Issues, and Interculturality.
Possible careers after graduation
Regional scientists work after graduating, for example in scientific research or undertake teaching at universities. In addition, they find themselves in the press and public relations work, in arts and cultural management as well as in adult education. Employment in editorial, journalism and editing is also possible.