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International Cultural-Historical Studies
Master of Arts
Language of instruction
*also, possible to study part-time (8 Semesters)
The degree program
The degree program “International Cultural-Historical Studies” (Internationale Kulturhistorische Studien; IKHS) is an interdisciplinary and research-oriented program that provides insights into different subjects to teach the diverse aspects, questions and culture-historical approaches of different disciplines of the humanities. It enables students to analyse and interpret different and complex cultural historical and social developments and processes. Specialization in specific epochs enables the students to set focuses. The choice regarding subjects and epochs offers a high degree of flexibility and the option of studying based on personal inclination and professional targets.
The subjects involved in the degree program are: History, Philosophy, Protestant and Catholic Theology, English/American Studies, German Studies, Romance Studies, Art Studies and Musicology.
Students choose specialization modules from these subjects, which are taken within two or three of the following available epoch areas based on subject combination program:
- Antiquity (800 BC - 500 AD)
- Middle Ages (500 - 1499)
- Early Modern Era / Enlightenment / Revolution (1500 - 1799)
- The Long 19th Century I (1800 - 1814)
- Modernism / Post-modernism (1914 - Present Day)
The M.A. IKHS can be studied in two subject combination programs:
- In the interdisciplinary subject combination program, eight specialization modules in three epochs, an integrative module and an internship/ or a module from the Studium Generale are studied. The Master's examination is added to this.
- In the major of IKHS (major-minor combination), five specialization modules in two epochs are studied, as well as the integrative module, the internship/ or a module from the Studium Generale and the Master's examination. This is supplemented by the minor subject. The minor subject can also be replaced by combining the degree program with a required semester abroad.
In both subject combination programs, a semester abroad can be completed optionally.
Graduates of the degree program will be able to take on diverse professional activities in the areas of science and research, in international and national facilities in the culture area, in elements and principles and associations, in publishing houses, international organizations and many others based on their chosen profiles.
In the major-minor combination, International Cultural-Historical Studies can be combined with the following minor subjects:
B.A. degree or equivalent degree in one of the subjects involved - history, philosophy, theology (Protestant / Catholic), art (history), music/musicology, English/American studies, German
studies, Romance studies − or an adjacent degree program,
usually at least with the grade "good" (2.0 or B according to
The current examination regulations at the time shall apply; exceptions shall be determined by the examination board.
Skills in at least two foreign languages must be documented. These may be skills in two modern foreign languages or a modern and a classical foreign language. The skills in the modern language should at least correspond to the language level B2 of the common European reference framework.
Eight-week internship possible (alternatively: one module from the Studium Generale (interfaculty lectures on general subjects))
Examination regulations/degree plan/module
Examination regulations (POs) specify the basic structures of a degree program (e.g. admission requirements and contents to be studied). Students are automatically subject to the current version of their PO when they matriculate for their first subject-related semester. This means that even if the PO changes during their studies, the original version according to which they matriculated will remain valid (provided that the PO does not expire).
The respective degree plan is the recommended example progress of the studies in individual subjects and is part of a PO.
Supplementary provisions and details for any module to be studied can be found in the module manually (e.g. requirements for taking a written test or content-related information on the modules/events, ...).
The internship rules define the conditions under which the required or optional internships must be completed.
We recommend at least looking at the study schedule for your degree program before the lecture time starts, to ensure that you know which modules are intended for the start of your studies.