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Profile of the Faculty of Cultural Studies

The Faculty of Culture Studies sees itself as a place within the university, where a modern society critically reflects itself: with regard to research and science, it turns its attention to the cultural fundamentals of social coexistence and the influencing processes. With that, the faculty positions itself as a necessary element in designing social change, not least where it is contingent on technology.

Within the scope of a modern education concept, the Faculty of Culture Studies sees its responsibility in providing adolescents with analytical and reflective skills on a high level. The students of this faculty strive for responsible occupations in schools, media and other cultural fields of work. They get an education which reflects work experience on a scientific basis and enables them to be innovative. Due to the attractive training programs, the number of applications significantly exceeds the number of places.

Accordingly, the focus areas of the Faculty of Culture Studies are:

  • Communication, Language, Media
  • Interculturality, Integration
  • Education, Learning, Transfer




General Principle of the Faculty of Culture Studies

The Faculty of Culture Studies takes up to the challenges of profile development:

  • Within the faculty: intensified cooperation of its four disciplines to bundle potentials even more.
  • Within the university: interdisciplinary cooperation with the goal to create a network in the field humanities as well as within the scope of the profile “Human and Technology”.
  • Within the University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr: interconnectedness with culture studies at the universities Bochum and Duisburg/Essen.
  • Regional/national: cooperation with scientific and cultural institutions.
  • International: exchange and cooperation with partner universities in Europe and overseas.


The international and intercultural accent is a special feature of the faculty, and the transfer of competences important for acting in global structures of politics and economy is based on it.

Development of the Faculty of Culture Studies

After the Teacher Training College Ruhr was integrated into the University of Dortmund in 1980, our faculty formed a merger of “language and literature studies, journalism and history” – the collective term of the new faculty – at that time with the disciplines German, English, history and journalism. The academic life mainly took place in the four institutes until well into nineties.

The faculty used the faculty evaluation of the university as an opportunity to develop its interdisciplinary self-conception. Within the scope of a cultural-scientific colloquium, the scientists of the faculty dealt with the international dimensions of cultural-scientific approaches and the positioning of their research in this context for one year.

With that, the renamed “Faculty of Culture Studies” has already realized the cultural-scientific program right at the start: analysis of texts and discourses – interdisciplinary and intercultural reflection – responsible acting.