The Faculty

The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology houses around 50 different disciplines from the humanities, social sciences and religion-related sciences. It thus offers an almost unique interdisciplinary offer. Of the 19 interdisciplinary centers of FAU are located at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology. In addition, there are five interdisciplinary central institutes that are disciplinary close to the faculty. The university research programme EFI promotes a number of interdisciplinary research projects involving a number of faculty scientists.

Scientists of the faculty founded and coordinate the IKGF International Consortium for the Research in the Humanities, one of ten interdisciplinary research institutes funded by the Federal Government, which is broadly networked within the faculty as well as internationally.

The faculty’s degree programmes have a strong focus on the research areas of the departments. In addition to a range of disciplinary offers, there is a multitude of interdisciplinary offers. Some degree programmes offer the possibility of double degrees with partner universities abroad, some are completely taught in English.

Our scientists have a broad range of expertise, which is in regular demand by media nationwide. Furthermore, the faculty houses some of the university collections that have developed over its almost three hundred years since foundation.


The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology faces the societal challenges of the present and the future with its research.
With about 10,000 students, it is one of the three major faculties of the FAU. Its ​​research and teaching focuses on the humanities, social sciences and religion-related sciences. A specific feature is the responsibility of all departments within the faculty for teacher education.
Homepage of the faculty: (in German)
Mission Statement of the Faculty: (in German)


Research at the faculty takes place both individually and collaboratively. Key research priorities have been established to promote (inter-) disciplinary collaborative research.
In addition, interdisciplinary cooperation in interdisciplinary centers (IZ) and central institutes (ZI) is institutionalised.
Current research projects can be found at: (in German)
An overview of publications can be found at: (in German)

Teaching and studying

Due to the wide range of disciplines, the faculty offers a great many degree programmes. In the bachelor programme, most of the subjects are studied in an almost freely selectable combination of two subjects (so-called “two-subject Bachelor”). The Master’s programmes follow either a disciplinary or a decidedly interdisciplinary approach. In addition, the faculty plays a significant role in FAU teacher training programmes. The course offer is partly supplemented by continuing education programmes.
Overview of the courses offered by the Faculty: (in German only)

The faculty in the region

The faculty is particularly marked by its professional diversity, which is reflected in the twelve departments, which are often divided into institutes. The facilities of the faculty are spread over locations in Erlangen, Nuremberg and Fürth.

Skizze: Die Fakultät in der Region

The faculty in numbers

Students: about 10,000
Professors: approx. 140
Scientific staff: about 500
Non-scientific Staff: about 100

Bachelor programmes: 36
Master programmes: 41
Teacher training subjects: 21

Third-party funding per year: approx. € 12 million

Departments: 12

This information as a flyer for download: Fakultätsflyer PHIL (in German only)

First steps / Online platforms

In order to cope with everyday life, the use of certain online platforms is needed. Most platforms are available thanks to single sign-on (SSO) with the IdM identifier. The IdM ID is usually provided automatically. Linked to the IdM ID is also the FAU Card, which serves as a staff and library card, as an electronic purse and possibly for time registration.

IdM Identity management portal of FAU
Here the personal data stored at the FAU can be viewed and changed.
CRIS FAU Current research information system
All publications and research projects should be entered and maintained here.
StudOn Study platform of FAU
Here, all types of courses can be supplemented with virtual elements – from files to e-learning offers and wikis to e-exams.
MeinCampus Exam administration system of FAU
All exams, grades, etc. are entered and managed here. Mostly also the registration for the courses takes place via MeinCampus.
FAUbox Cloud service of FAU
Here files / folders can be shared with internal and external persons. Also important information from the faculty committees are stored here in the folder “Dean’s Office – General Information”.
UnivIS Information system of FAU
The lecture and contact / staff directory. Here all teachers and courses are registered.

Organisational units and levels

The faculty is divided into twelve departments, some of which are again divided into institutes; as a rule these correspond the “subjects”. All professorships (W1, W2 and W3) are assigned directly to the institute or department.
Accordingly, the system of ten-digit cost centers or organisational units (for example, 11 00 00 00 00):
The numbers 1 + 2 stand for the faculty, 3 + 4 for the department, 5 + 6 for the institute (if available). The digits 7 + 8 are used for a chair (W3), the digits 9 + 10, if it is a professorship (W2 / W1).
For planning and statistical purposes, the departments are also divided into teaching units. On the basis of this capacity, capacity utilisation and, if necessary, study places are calculated.
Fundamental to the organisation and organisational processes are the basic order of FAU and the departmental regulations of the faculty.
Basic order FAU: (in German)
Department regulations of the Faculty: (in German)
The members of commissions and committees at university and faculty level are usually elected by the faculty council for a term of two or three years.


In principle, staff can be financed either through budgetary or third-party funds. When employed via budget, the so-called re-employment blocks are to be observed; from (third-party) funds only temporary employment can take place. The faculty administration provides administrative support in personnel matters (eg call for tenders, recruitment, etc.).
For all questions regarding personnel matters, the responsible person in the human resources department (department P) is available, to be found at:
All forms can be found in the FAU personnel manual: (in German)


For the distribution of the regular budget (title group [= TG] 73) and the funds from the expansion planning (TG 86), each professorship is independent and receives resources according to the FAU’s distribution model. In addition, each lesson receives literature according to the model adopted by the Faculty Council.
These funds are supplemented by study grants (TG 96), which are distributed to the teaching units according to the full-study equivalents.
In the case of third-party funds (TG 71, 72, 91, 92, 93 and 94), an infrastructure contribution is transferred:
in the case of DFG (TG 91 and 92), BMBF (TG 71) and EU funds (TG 93) in the form of the programme or project flat rate, of which 60% is claimed by FAU, 25% by the faculty and 15% by the recruitment agency;
for other third-party funds (TG 72 and 94), in the form of an infrastructure contribution of 20%, of which 75% is received by the FAU for central infrastructure costs and 25% for the faculty.
In addition, as far as possible, the faculty administration financially supports tutorials, excursions, lectureships, congress trips for junior scientists and has set up a programme for the start-up funding of research applications.
For initial funding of applications for third-party funding, Unit H1 provides up to € 2,500 per application:
The faculty promotes bi-national promotions by assisting with travel expenses. The international office offers advice (application form)

Faculty administration and service facilities

The Dean’s office of the faculty consists of the faculty administration and the service facilities.

Faculty administration

The faculty administration is located at Hindenburgstraße 34 in Erlangen, and there is also an office for the Department of Theology and an office on the Nuremberg campus. The faculty administration is the main contact for all administrative matters.

Service facilities

The Faculty’s service facilities are located in Erlangen at Hindenburgstr. 34 and at Bismarckstr. 1.

Office for research and young researchers (BfF)
Office for quality management (BfQM)
Student Service Centre (SSC)
International office (IO)
E-learning coordination
Science communication

Information on other service facilities can be found at:

This information as flyer for download: Kurzinformation PHIL