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100 Years of Sociology at the Goethe University

On April 1, 1919, the first Chair of Sociology was established at a German university at the University of Frankfurt am Main, which had been founded five years earlier, and occupied by Franz Oppenheimer. Together with the Institute for Social Research, which was founded in 1923, Frankfurt’s sociology has had a decisive influence on the national and international research agenda in the following decades.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of sociology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, a series of different academic events and public lectures will take place in the anniversary year 2019. These will present current research areas and trends in Frankfurt´s sociology.

More information you can find here

About us

The Institute of Sociology at Goethe University Frankfurt numbers amongst the most important worldwide and is today also the second largest of its kind in Germany.

Sociology was established in Frankfurt in 1919 and has been renowned worldwide since the 1920s thanks to the “Frankfurt School”. It was the hub of the 1968 revolution and today builds on its strong tradition and international location and in so doing is reinventing itself for the 21st century.


Goethe University Frankfurt is home to the second largest social science education and research institution in Germany. Over 20 professors and more than 60 research associates are engaged at our institute in teaching and research in current societal analysis topics. 

Research Units

Research I Projects

Over the last years, the institute has attracted a growing number of externally funded projects. Such current projects, categorized by source of funding, can be found on the following pages.

Degree Programmes

(Prospective) students can find more detailed information on the following pages.