Learning Environment

Why Study at Goethe University?

At Goethe University, there is the unique opportunity for an interdisciplinary faculty of cultural anthropologists, human geographers and sociologists contributing to the program. The social sciences at Goethe University are internationally acclaimed for their contribution to social theory and critical inquiry. The legacy of the legendary Frankfurt School of Critical Theory makes Goethe University attractive to international scholars and students alike. Frankfurt is an international city with many globally networked financial institutions, among them the European Central Bank, as well as a wide array of corporate service providers and creative industries. The Rhein-Main area is a major arena of technology development and innovation, offering many options for STS research. Frankfurt has a higher percentage of residents than any other German big city, the social fabric of the city is very diverse. Community relations projects and research interventions with a focus on city planning, integration policies and urban politics will become even more important in the future as the university's "third mission" agenda will be expanding.

Interdisciplinary Approach

To achieve a working knowledge of global processes and ongoing research into them, and to become aware of the political as well as epistemological challenges, an interdisciplinary approach is best suited to equip students with state-of-the-art methodological and conceptual tools. In addition to the teaching staff of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, human geographers and sociologists will contribute course teaching. Visiting professors and research fellows from abroad will join the resident teaching staff and contribute to the teaching program.