Social and Cultural Anthropology (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology aims to provide core competences in the discipline and an academic preparation for future employment in various intercultural fields. Students acquire basic knowledge, enabling them to identify, analyse and solve problems related to current research areas of the discipline.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 610

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 30 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

Entrance exam procedure



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The bachelor's programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology starts with an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP). The STEOPs of the degree programmes in Political Science, Social and Cultural Anthropology and Sociology consist of a unified module in social sciences, and a subject-specific module. The Introductory and Orientation Period is followed by a phase covering the basics of the discipline (core issues, central fields of research and history of theory in anthropology) and an advanced phase (methods, regional competences, application-oriented fields of research and current issues). To successfully complete the bachelor’s programme, students have to write two bachelor's theses.



Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Migration research
  • Colonialism
  • Globalisation
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Ethnohistory

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in occupational fields that require a theory-based approach to intercultural issues:

  • development assistance, assistance for refugees and migrant counselling
  • tourism and cultural communication
  • museums as well as
  • diversity management.

Potential employers for graduates of the bachelor's programme are, among others, businesses, NGOs and public institutions that interact with people from different cultural contexts.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates