The University’s distinguished teaching and research profile is characterized by the humanities and social sciences, particularly in the classical subjects of language, history, law and economics. Specific institutes for interdisciplinary area studies include the John F. Kennedy Institute, the Institute of East European Studies and the Institute of Latin American Studies.
Political science (taught at the Otto-Suhr Institute), media and communications are offered exclusively in Germany through the Freie Universität. Innovative topics such as “Internationalization and Globalization”, “Economics and the Politics of Transitions”, and “Environment Research” claim growing recognition as areas of the University’s research.
The Max Planck Institute of Physics serves as a forum for cutting-edge research in physics; in addition to the University’s programs in mathematics, chemistry, geo and biosciences.