Department of Philosophy and Humanities

Address Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin
Wheelchair Access Handicapped Parking Handicapped Bathroom
Telephone +49 30 838-544 48/-540 67
Fax +49 30 838-533 19; -527 16
Homepage

www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/en

Gerhart Hauptmann’s unpublished manuscripts are being systematically sorted and investigated at the Institute of German and Dutch Languages and Literatures. | Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher Designed by the architects Hinrich and Inken Baller, the building housing the Institute of Philosophy provides an ideal environment for academic study. | Image Credit: Reinhard Görner Elisabeth Edl was an August Wilhelm von Schlegel Visiting Professor in Poetics of Translation at the Peter Szondi Institute. | Image Credit: D. P. Gruffot The Department of German and Dutch Philology is involved in the master’s degree program in Applied Literature. | Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher The Institute of Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures is located in the building complex at Habelschwerdter Allee 45. | Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher Faculty at the Institute of Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures teach and conduct research on the Greek and Roman classics as well as modern Greek literature. | Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher The writer Hans Joachim Schädlich (at left) is the Heiner Müller Visiting Professor in 2014. | Image Credit: Nina Diezemann Peter Szondi (1929-1971) was the first professor at the Institute of Comparative Literature when it was set up in 1965. | Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher The interdisciplinary Center for Modern Greece aims to promote cooperation between Germany and Greece in research and teaching and to advance European integration. | Image Credit: Benaki Museum, Athen The Institute for Theater Studies is located at Grunewaldstraße 35. | Image Credit: Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS), Freie Universität Berlin Designed by the star British architect Lord Norman Foster, the Philological Library has modern workspaces. It contains approximately 750,000 books and subscribes to 800 periodicals. | Image Credit: David Ausserhofer The Institute for Arts and Media Management was set up at Freie Universität during the fall/winter semester 2004/2005. | Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher The Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures cooperates with the Center for Italian Studies, which is also based at Freie Universität. | Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher Operas such as “Dido and Aeneas” are one area of research in theater studies. | Image Credit: Deutsches Theater The Institute for Theater Studies is located at Grunewaldstraße 35. | Image Credit: Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS), Freie Universität Berlin The writer Nedim Gursel was a Samuel Fischer Visiting Professor at Freie Universität. | Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher Teaching methods for English language and literature in German schools is an important component of the training program for future English teachers. | Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher The Institute of Philosophy is located in Dahlem at Habelschwerdter Allee 30. | Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher The Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures at Freie Universität Berlin is one of the largest of its kind in Germany. | Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher The Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature is located in the "Rost- und Silberlaube," Habelschwerdter Allee 45. | Image Credit: Jonah Langkau The Institute for English Language and Literature is located at Habelschwerdter Allee 45. | Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher

At a Glance

The Department of Philosophy and Humanities features a breadth of research in the humanities found nowhere else in Germany. Working in eight different institutes, its members study philosophical issues, work in the field of general and comparative literature, and examine cultural and medial transformation processes. In the various fields related to the study of languages and literatures, the Department focuses primarily on Germanic and Romance languages and on Greek and Latin. Research on theatre encompasses dance, film, and music.

Broad Range of Degree Programs

The Department currently offers 23 bachelor's degree programs, some with 60- and 30-credit modules, and eight of which can lead to teacher certification (optional).  There are also 15 consecutive master's programs, and three master’s degree programs with a special professional orientation, Applied Literary Studies, Arts and Media Administration, and Editorial Studies. The Department offers doctoral programs taught in German or English within the structure of the Dahlem Research School. Questions about the various degree programs can be addressed to the Office of Academic Affairs (Studienbüro), the Examinations Offices, and the Doctoral Studies Office of the Department.

Excellent Academic Infrastructure

Students and doctoral students in the humanities are provided with an excellent academic infrastructure. The Department's facilities include the Philological Library, designed by Lord Norman Foster, and the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, the only graduate school focusing exclusively on literary studies that was successful in the Excellence Initiative of the German government.

Last Update: Feb 27, 2013