Our Faculty

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The Faculty of Humanities is a lively and innovative environment for studies in the humanities 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, Studies of the Middle East and Muslim Societies, Religious Studies, Archaeology, and Social Anthropology.

The academic research is carried out by about 80 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 courses in Global Studies, Language and Society, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities, and Studies in the Arts. The graduate school supports PhD-students with special theory and method courses.

The faculty offers special master programs: Latin American studies, Eastern European studies, World Arts and Music, Wold Literature, Editorial theory, Sociolinguistics, and Religion in Contemporary Society. 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 Center for Gender Studies or the Center for Medieval Studies.