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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities

About us

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The Department of English and American Studies looks back on a long tradition: The first class in the field of "Anglistik" took place in the founding year of the Humboldt-Universität in 1810. In 1876 the first full professor for English Philology was installed. One year later, the Department for Romance and English Languages was founded. In 1895 the English Department became independent, and in 1927 an American Studies sections was added.

Today our department is organized in five sections (English Studies, American Studies, Linguistics, English Language Education, and Applied Language Studies) with 8 full professors, 2 junior professorships, various lecturers and academic as well as nonacademic staff. We serve 1324 students: The department offers two Bachelor of Arts degree courses ("Englisch" and "Amerikanistik"), Master of Arts degree courses in English Literatures, in American Studies and in Linguistics as well as two Master of Education degree courses in English. We also cooperate in degree courses in Gender Studies and European Literatures. Our department organizes a variety of events (lectures, conferences, student theatre, and workshops). Research activities are partly interdisciplinary (we cooperate in the research cluster "Transformationen der Antike" and the Gradute School "Mind and Brain") and partly individual or in groups. They reach from educational theories to gender and whiteness studies.


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The Department is situated in the main building of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Its address is:

Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
phone: 030-2093-2488
fax: 030-2093-2405


The individual mailboxes of our staff are located on the second floor in room 2007 which is right between the offices of the two sections Linguistics and American Studies.


A map of the university's main building can be found here. Seen from Unter den Linden, the department's offices are on the first and second floor of the building's right wing. Seminars and lectures, however, may also take place in other buildings.