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The programme of the a.r.t.e.s. Integrated Track brings together the resources and structures of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, enabling a goal-oriented graduate training programme. With regard to structure as well as content, the model is very successful in addressing the complex challenges students often face in pursuing a doctorate in the humanities. The unique variety of disciplines offered at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities creates ideal conditions for truly interdisciplinary, lively, and open-minded exchange.

The a.r.t.e.s. Integrated Track is open to graduates in the arts and humanities who have completed their university studies with distinctions and wish to pursue a doctorate directly or shortly after attaining their degree. The selection process has several stages. After admission, students take part in an orientation semester in which they refine their project idea, their research question, and the methods they will use in their research. In the Integrated Track, the advisory model involving three supervisors from various disciplines ensures not only excellent specialist expertise, but also a high degree of openness that transcends the boundaries of individual disciplines.

The Integrated Track is divided into different graduate classes that cover the entire spectrum of doctoral dissertation projects pursued within the various disciplines offered at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The interdisciplinary graduate classes allow each individual to refine his or her research topic in the context of the class’s thematic focus. The themes are based on the areas of excellence of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, while taking into account bodies of knowledge, discourses, model worlds and communication cultures, as well as the transformation of these aspects in other contexts, with all the anthropological and ethical implications such processes entail. In the regular sessions of the graduate classes, each led by two mentors, and the yearly colloquia of all classes, the members of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School have the opportunity to present and discuss their projects and preliminary results.