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Overview

The master's degree in History and Cultures of Ancient Near East Asia can be studied with a philological-historical focus on Ancient Near Eastern Studies or an archaeological focus on Near East Archeology. It is designed as an integrated, consecutive and more research-oriented course that leads to a second professional university degree.

The subject of the focus area Ancient Near Eastern Studies, which is linguistically as well as historically and historically developed, are in particular the cultures and languages ??of the Ancient Near East (corresponds approximately to the area of ??today's states Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan) from the end of the 4th millennium BC BC to the time of Hellenism, with the use of cuneiform script being an essential connecting element. A large number of sources are available in languages ??as typologically different as Akkadian, Sumerian, Hittite or Hurrian; In addition, there are a number of other, less well-documented languages ??(Elamite, Ugaritic, Luwian or Urartian). Correspondingly, in-depth specialist knowledge of ancient oriental philology and cultural history is acquired; An expanded repertoire of relevant scientific working methods as well as sufficient analytical experience for independent scientific work are further goals of the training. intellectual and art-historical processes of the early advanced cultures of the ancient Orient. In addition to the subject-specific, an interdisciplinary expansion of scientific competence and independence is sought. The training of key competencies with theology (AT),

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The master's degree in History and Cultures of Ancient Near East Asia with a focus on Ancient Near Eastern Studies is divided into modules from the focus area and modules from an interdisciplinary area that also includes elements from the area of ??the non-selected focus area Near East Archeology.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. 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 examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. 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.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules in the focus area Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Compulsory area

module Textual methodology
module Focus on cultural history
module Primary language text skills

Elective area

 Basic module

A basic module in a 3rd language is to be selected,

e.g. Hittite, Sumerian

 Advanced modules  Two reading advanced modules of the 3rd language are to be chosen

Interdisciplinary area

module

A compulsory elective module from the focus on Near Eastern Archeology is to be chosen:

Archaeological hermeneutics, international research or   excavation internship

module Interdisciplinary perspectives on the history and cultures of the ancient Near East

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

For access to the master's degree in History and Cultures of the Ancient Near East with a focus on Ancient Near Eastern Studies, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Classical Studies with a focus on Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the Free University of Berlin or an equivalent other university degree whose proportion in Ancient Near Eastern Studies corresponds to that of the Bachelor's degree in Classical Studies with a focus on Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Free University,
  • Proof of language proficiency in two scientifically relevant foreign languages, in particular Latin, English, French, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Persian or Turkish (level B1 GER).

 

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university entrance (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German language test for university entrance of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The master's degree in History and Cultures of the Ancient Near East with a focus on Ancient Near Eastern Studies prepares graduates for activities in predominantly cultural-scientific professional fields, including teaching and educational institutions. Depending on the respective admission requirements, the start of a doctoral program can follow.


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