Faculties, facilities and services
The Faculty of Human Sciences is one of the largest at the University of Kassel and consists of the departments of Educational Science, Music, Psychology and Social Work and Social Welfare. Teaching focuses mainly on the training of primary and secondary school teachers and the qualification of social educational professionals. A BSc programme in psychology was added in the fall of 2010. Research focuses on empirical education and childhood, consultation, social policy and law.
The Faculty of Humanities consists of the departments of Philosophy, Protestant Theology, Catholic Theology, English/American Studies, German Studies with German as a Foreign and Second Language, and Romance Studies. The Faculty of Humanities encompasses a wide range of research and teaching interests from the study of medieval manuscripts to computer linguistics, to languages in the classroom and intellectual, media, and cultural history of modern western societies. The high-profile doctoral colloquium "GeKKo" is organised for doctoral candidates in cultural studies and the humanities.
Teaching and research at the Faculty of Social Sciences are centred on history, political science, sociology, geography, and sports and sports science. Methodologically and theoretically grounded Bachelor programmes, international Master programmes, and teacher training courses are offered for all levels of education. Numerous individual and group research projects focus on issues in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences reflects and responds to the challenges of our time, such as migration and globalisation, ecological requirements, changing educational structures, spatial concepts, and the interdependence of space and gender.
The Faculty of Economics and Management offers a sound academic base in the core areas of business administration, economics, law, and professional education. Courses lead to Bachelor and Master degrees. Research in the Faculty of Economics and Management is closely connected with teaching and offers students a broadly diversified interdisciplinary range of educational choices. The six main areas of research focus are economy, environment, competence development, dialogue marketing, management, and controlling.
The departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, along with the Technical Elementary Education curriculum, provide students with a solid foundation in mathematics and science. In cooperation with the Center for Interdisciplinary Nanostructure Science and Technology (CINSaT) and the Institute of Nanostructure Technologies and Analytics (INA), international and interdisciplinary teams work together in a broad range of applied research fields.
Teaching and research at the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences (University of Kassel Witzenhausen campus) emphasise the systemic relationships between soil, plants, animals, humans and technology. The principal purpose of farming, in addition to producing food of high biological and health quality, is to maintain closed cycles whenever possible and forgo short-term economic advantages. Witzenhausen has been home to internationally-oriented agricultural education for over 100 years. The school encompasses 28 teaching areas and fields of research.
A total of 18 fields grouped into six departments make up the university Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The main research areas are new materials, the environment, and transport infrastructure. Practically-oriented Bachelor programmes and the possibilities for specialisation in Master programmes offer students numerous opportunities for professional development.
The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is responsible for the courses of study in mechanical engineering, mechatronics, and renewable energy and energy efficiency. A total of six departments plus the department of Lightweight Design offer not only the fundamentals of an education in engineering, but also a broad range of interdisciplinary work. This shows in partnerships with other schools, research centres and the regional and national business sector.
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- Department of Ergonomics and Process Management
- Department of Machine Elements and Engineering Design
- Department of Mechanics
- Department of Production Engineering and Logistics
- Institute for System Analytics and Control (ISAC)
- Department of Thermal Power Engineering
- Department of Materials Engineering
The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is distinguished by a close link between research and teaching and a broad-based technical orientation. Study courses address rapid technical transformation and market globalisation through capable research and teaching, interdisciplinary cooperation, and contact with partners in the industry. Twenty-seven departments offer a wide range of opportunities for students changing career paths, as well as a special programme for international students and courses that are unique in Germany.
Founded in 1777, the School of Art and Design upholds a long tradition as an academy. By offering courses of study in fine arts, visual communication, product design, art education, and aesthetics and art history, it is one of the few academies to integrate academic and artistic programmes. In addition to facilities for specific courses of study, the School of Art and Design also maintains interdisciplinary studios that give students the opportunity to connect with and constructively share various types of craftsmanship and artistic competence.