The Frankfurter legal education distinguished within the constraints of the Hessian Legal Education Law. The program offers the ability to set priorities, to be determined by the challenges political-legal, socio-economic, technological and cultural processes of change to the law. These are formed from particularly evident in rising importance of transnational law (European law) and human rights, the right of information society (media, telecommunications and data protection law), the right of economic (corporate, financial, banking and insurance law, labor and social rights) and the ensuing new requirements of a modern criminal penalties and legal and not least in the specific represented European legal History and legal History.
Students have the possibility to study six priority areas:
- internationalization and Europeanization of law;
- business and finance (Law and Finance);
- Fundamentals of Law;
- Constitution, management, regulatory;
- Labour, of life;
Economics and Business Administration
The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Goethe University owes its existence and identity to the link forged between business and academia. In 1901, the Academy for Social Science and Commerce was established by Wilhelm Merton, founder of the renowned German industrial organization Metallgesellschaft, as the commercial college for the city of Frankfurt. This college, the first faculty for economics and business administration of its kind in Germany, formed the nucleus of the Goethe University, established in 1914 by the citizens of Frankfurt. It was during this time that those features characteristic of the study of economics in Frankfurt emerged: a focus on theoretical analysis, the close connection between the disciplines of economics and business administration and the open approach towards a broad spectrum of theoretical, practical and policy-oriented issues.
Today, the faculty is considered one of the most attractive economics and business administration faculties in Germany. This view is shared not only by the more than 5000 students enrolled, but also by the numerous national and international companies that regularly recruit our graduates. It was here that Ludwig Erhard wrote his doctorate, Erich Gutenberg lectured and Reinhard Selten, Germany's first Nobel Laureate in Economics, received his certificate of Habilitation.
The Department of Social Sciences at Goethe University is a long established department with a prestigious tradition (“Frankfurt School”), and at the same time one of the largest and best performing departments in social sciences in Germany.
The faculty of 40 professors and more than 100 research and teaching assistants provides a wide range of courses for the approximately 9,500 students, among them 3,600 studying in major programs. Currently the department offers thirteen major and numerous minor study programs as well as courses for social science teachers.
Both study and teaching focus on the two BA programs “Sociology” and “Political Science”, and the research oriented MA programs “Sociology”, “Political Science”, “Political Theory”, and “International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research”. Moreover, the Department of Social Sciences participates in two interdisciplinary MA programs, “Environmental Sciences” and “East Asian Studies”.
The department is currently organized in two institutes: the “Institute for Political Science”, the “Institute for Sociology”. The latter comprises the field of social psychology.
The department offers special support to postgraduate students via the GraduateCenter of Social Sciences (GRASOC) and houses the International PhD-program “Democracy, Knowledge, and Gender in a Transnational World” (IPP Transnational).
Psychology and Sports Sciences
The Department consists of the Department of Psychology and the Institute of Sports Sciences and the Center for University Sports on Campus Ginnheim.
We offer five separate courses at (B.A. Sport Sciences, B.Sc. Psychology, M.A. Sports Medical Training & Clinical Exercise Physiology, M.A. Social Sciences of Sports, M.Sc. Psychology) and are involved in teacher training. Research institutes are linked with many other faculties and institutions in and outside Frankfurt and we have intensive international contacts.
The Center for Recreational Sports offers an extensive sports program for all students and Operating Teten Goethe University, in which it comes to take care of a healthy balance for university studies and professional life. The sports offer includes almost 300 courses per week in over 60 sports.
The Department studies Protestant Theology and teaches denominational theology within the horizon of contemporary culture(s).
The denominational perspective reflects the specific contribution of Protestant theology in a globalized world and that is especially with regard to the contribution of faith, Church and religions to the cultural formation of companies.
Roman Catholic Theology
Frankfurt is a city of money - many skyscrapers dominate the skyline. The city offers contrasts; Traditions coexist with newer cultural developments, new emerges ...
Theology, the question of God - here and now!
How can we speak of God in the face of contrasts of "arm" and "kingdom"? What perspectives opened faith in interpreting a complex reality? How does Christianity relate to other religions and beliefs?
On a department where students are welcome with their different interests and abilities and learn competent support, we do theology with open eyes: history aware contextually, clever and creative. And we invite you to do this with us!
Philosophy and History
The Department includes four scientific areas: The Historical Seminar with the Department of Ancient History, the Institute of Ethnology, the Institute of Philosophy and the Department of didactics of history.
In order to support the variety of research activities of young scientists in the humanities, the department maintains its own doctoral program.
The Department strives to operate independently of all today's demands, research and teaching at the highest level.
Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures, and Arts
Geosciences and Geography
The Department of Geosciences and Geography, like no other department, offers a broad variety of study paths for students and scientists.
Interdisciplinary research, not only within the faculty, but also in close cooperation with other departments, is an outstanding quality of the Geosciences at Frankfurt University.
The main research areas are the structures and dynamics of the Earth´s interior and surface. A close look at the history of our planet, the evolution of landscapes as well as of lifeforms and the analysis of their habitats in a global view is part of the scientific and educational work. The complex and versatile interactions and connections between figure, composition and dynamics of the environment and life and evolution of mankind is a major aspect in geoscientific and geographical research.
Computer Science and Mathematics
With 43 professors, over 150 academic and administrative staff and more than 4.000 students, the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics is one of Goethe University`s largest faculties. Its range of study programmes encompasses the disciplines of Mathematics (BSc., MSc., teaching degrees (Lehramt)), Computer Science (BSc., MSc., teaching degrees), Bioinformatics (BSc., MSc.) and Business Informatics (MSc.).
The appointment of a large number of professors has meant that the institutes of Computer Science, Mathematics and Mathematics and Computer Science Education have been able to expand their areas of specialization in recent years. For example, “Algorithms for Big Data”, a Priority Programme of the German Research Foundation, is coordinated by the chair for Theoretical Computer Science. Technical Computer Science plays a leading role at international level in the development of efficient high-performance computers. It was possible to call to the chair EU prize winners (ERC Starting Grants) in the specialist fields of Algebra and Geometry as well as Discrete Mathematics. Our Mathematics Education is integrated in the university`s priority area of “Empirical Education Research”, our Bioinformatics in the “Macromolecular Complexes” excellence cluster, our Stochastics in biomathematics and neuroscience Priority Programmes (“Probabilistic Studies in Evolution” and “Neuronal Networks in the Mammalian Brain”) of the German Research Foundation. Frankfurt offers excellent professional prospects for our graduates in the specialist fields of Financial Mathematics and Business Information Systems.
Students can get together in learning groups in our Computer Science Learning Centre or the Mathematics Learning Centre or the Didactics of Mathematics Study Room where they can also find tutors to supervise them. Master programme students and doctoral researchers are closely involved in the research work undertaken by our working groups.
The Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics is centrally located right next to the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt-Bockenheim and easily reached by public transport. There are plans to build new premises on Riedberg Campus (the natural sciences campus) of Goethe University.
At the Department of Physics at the Goethe University are currently about 1,300 students enrolled. The curriculum of the Department includes two accredited Bachelor and Master courses (Physics and Biophysics) and lectures and internships for students of the magisterium and to the formation in physics as a minor subject for scientists and physicians. In addition, the Department of Physics coordinates the interdisciplinary master program Computational Science.
Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy
In the faculty of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy, 38 professors are involved in research and teaching. They are supported by 215 permanent members of staff and teach more than 1.900 undergraduate and 500 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in three different disciplines: Pharmacy, Chemistry and Biochemistry.
The department is located at the Riedberg Campus of the Goethe-University in the North of Frankfurt, in the direct neighbourhood of the faculties of Biological Sciences (German), Physics (German), Geosciences (German), the Cluster of Excellence Frankfurt Macromolecular Complexes, the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and the Max-Planck-Institutes for Biophysics and Brain research. In addition, a biotechnology think-tank, the near-by Frankfurter Innovationszentrum (FIZ) supports the knowledge transfer between basic research and new business.
The Department of Biological Sciences consists of the departments of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity (Institute 1), Cell Biology and Neuroscience (Department 2) Molecular Biosciences (Institute 3) and the Department of Didactics of life sciences. Overall, the department currently has 38 professors; that he is one of the largest biological disciplines in Germany.
Our research focuses on the areas of ecology and biodiversity, cell biology and neurobiology, molecular biology and biotechnology.
The Frankfurt Faculty of Medicine has made in recent years great efforts to achieve a leading position in research and teaching.
The Faculty of Medicine now has a high international reputation for its research priorities, especially in the field of cardiovascular medicine and neuroscience.
The Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management (GSEFM)
The Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management (GSEFM) – based in the House of Finance at Goethe University Frankfurt – constitutes an alliance between Goethe University Frankfurt, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and Technische Universität Darmstadt. Operating in Continental Europe's primary center for financial markets and central banking, GSEFM aims to realize the three universities' joint vision to establish a premier European center for quantitative and research-oriented graduate-level education in economics, finance, and management.
GSEFM offers a rich palette of programs, with all programs featuring the structure of premier anglo-saxon research-oriented graduate programs, and at the same time adding the interdisciplinary and inter-institutional wealth of Goethe University Frankfurt, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and Technische Universität Darmstadt.
Some of GSEFM's strengths include:
Ph.D. Program in Economics
Ph.D. Program in Finance
Doctorate / Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics
Ph.D. Program in Management
Ph.D. Program in Marketing