The bachelor's degree in History and Culture of the Middle East provides a comprehensive overview of the history and culture of the Islamic Middle East from the early days to the present. By participating in various individual disciplines, students gain knowledge of the relationships, interdependencies and mutual influence of societies in the Middle East in the areas of culture, politics, law, religion and the history of ideas. In addition, the course offers an insight into the complexity of these societies, taking into account religious and ethnic minorities as well as gender issues. In the language modules, students acquire the ability to use original language sources in an oriental language in accordance with the focus area. Furthermore, the course serves to practice scientific working methods including the critical analysis of scientific research results. A specialization takes place in the focus area.

The focus area Semitic studies deals with the languages ??and literatures as well as with the history and culture of the Semitic peoples. At the beginning of the course there is learning of two Semitic languages: first Akkadian or Arabic, then Hebrew. Semitic Studies deals on the one hand with linguistic questions of the Semitic language, in particular comparative language studies, and on the other hand with the history, cultures and religions of the individual Semitic peoples. The written documents range from the second millennium BC to the present day and are recorded in a number of different scriptures. The main focus of the bachelor's degree is on Arabic or Akkadian, Hebrew and Aramaic.

Program Structure

The mono bachelor's degree in History and Culture of the Middle East with a focus on Semitic Studies is divided into a basic, advanced and deepening phase.

Modules in the related areas expand the specialist spectrum. In addition to the modules of the core subject, the modules of the related areas are intended to provide the students with an expanded but self-contained qualification profile. The modules of the related areas and the services provided in them must not match the modules and services of the focus area chosen by the students and modules from the general vocational preparation study area.

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. The objectives, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in separate ABV study and examination regulations.

At the end of the course, the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study takes place through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examinations. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

History and culture of the Middle East: Semitic Studies, Mono-Bachelor

Basic phase

module History and Society I
module History and Society II
module Semitic languages: Akkadian I or Arabic I
module Semitic languages: Akkadian II or Arabic II

Build-up phase

module Literature and sources I
module Literature and sources II
module Semitic languages: Hebrew I
module Semitic languages: Hebrew II

Consolidation phase

module Semitic Philology I: Selected Semitic Written Certificates
module Semitic Philology II: Selected written documents from the Christian Orient

Additional entry requirements
English (level B1 GER)

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course.

The bachelor's degree in History and Culture of the Middle East with a focus on Semitic Studies qualifies students for activities in museums as well as for various tasks in institutions and organizations dealing with the Middle East. The media, libraries, governmental and non-governmental international organizations, publishing, non-university scientific institutes and, to a very limited extent, the universities themselves come into question.

Since not all graduates find a place on the narrower specialist job market, the acquisition of additional qualifications, as they are already imparted in the General Vocational Preparation (ABV) study area, as well as early orientation with regard to broader employment opportunities and the personal application strategy of of great importance for a successful career start.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.

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