Profile of the Faculty

​The Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University is one of the largest, most traditional, and best performing social science institutions in Germany. The department consists of 43 professorships, 125 research assistants, 41 administrative employees, 6.239 major students, 438 international students, and 10-degree programs (as of winter semester 2024/25).

The faculty is connected to its tradition of critical social science, whereby the range of scientific-theoretical orientations and specializations in the subjects have greatly expanded. Features of the Social Sciences in Frankfurt are:

  • pronounced theoretical orientation within research and teaching
  • methodological competence in quantitative and qualitative methods of social research
  • absence of artificial subject boundaries and the partial integration of Sociology and Political Science courses
  • reflection on fundamental Social Science issues
  • analysis of societal structures in national and global contexts.

The faculty's integration into interdisciplinary contexts through internal and external university collaborations is an essential part of its departments profile. You can find more information about research and teaching at the faculty and its history here.

​Focus of studies

The focus of study and teaching at the faculty's institutes of Political Science and Sociology are the bachelor programs in Sociology, Political Science and Gender Studies as well as the research-oriented master programs in Sociology, Economic Sociology, Political Science, Political Theory, Comparative Democracy and International Studies / Peace and Conflict Research. Besides, the faculty is involved in two interdisciplinary master programs: Environmental Sciences and Modern East Asian Studies.

You can find detailed information on the range of courses at the Faculty here.

Goethe Research Experience Program (GREP)

The Goethe Research Experience Program (GREP) offers students and doctoral candidates from partner universities of Goethe University an insight into everyday academic life at the university. With GREP you can gain hands-on experience and personal interaction with academic research. You will be part of a research project for 9-12 weeks and receive academic guidance. You can also receive up to 18 credit points through the program, which can be recognized at your home university.

The program is supplemented with orientation events and language courses. You can find further information on application, research projects and the structure of the program on the homepage of the Global Office.

Credits (top to bottom): Uwe Dettmar, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt; Goethe-Universität Frankfurt; Pexels; Uwe Dettmar, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt


International Relations Management and Erasmus+-Coordination

Dr. Anke Reinhold

Tel.: +49 (0)69 798-36571
PEG Room 2G. 134

Open consultation hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am – 1 pm and online by appointment via email to

During the semester break, office hours are held on Tuesdays from 11 am – 1 pm.

Goethe University
Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Westend, PEG building
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main