The Department of History and Cultural Studies offers a research profile found nowhere else in Germany. It covers a wide range of different eras, from ancient times to the modern period, and a vast physical area, stretching from Europe and the Middle East to Asia and the Americas.
The Graduate School of North American Studies offers doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers a wide range of topics, e.g., the polarization of the U.S. political system, religious movements, foreign policy challenges, cultural identities, the crisis of the economy, or recent developments in literature, film, and art in North America.
In the Topoi Excellence Cluster researchers investigate the systematic connection between space and knowledge structures in the cultures of the Near East and Mediterranean, from early civilizations to late antiquity and the early medieval period.
The work performed at the Beijing Office supports scholars and scientists at Freie Universität Berlin in initiating and developing new cooperative projects with universities and other educational and research institutions in the PRC.