Our Faculty

The Faculty of Humanities is a lively and innovative environment for studies in the humanties and cultural studies. Among its range of subjects are classics like History, Languages and Literatures. We also offer cultural sciences like Art History, Musicology, and are proud to be the only Swiss university to teach Theater and Dance studies. Other key subjects are Philosophy, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Religious Studies, Archaeology, and Social Anthropology.

The academic research is carried out by about 50 professors with great reputation and networks. We teach our students in well-equipped lecture theatres and great libraries.

The Walter-Benjamin-Kolleg is home to interdisciplinary research, young academics support, and our graduate school. PhD-students can join our offers in Global Studies, Language and Society and Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies. The graduate school supports PhD-students with special theory and method courses. The faculty is also home to the pilot scheme Graduate School of the Arts in cooperation with the Bern Univesity of the Arts.

The faculty offers special master programs: Latin American studies, Eastern European studies, World Art History, Wold Literature, Comparative literature, Editorial theory, or Sociolinguistics. There are also advanced trainings like the Master of Advanced Studies in Archival, Library and Information Science and Dance / Performing Arts.

Interdisciplinary research is carried out in networks as the Research Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Gender Studies or the Center for Medieval Studies.