Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Universitätsstraße 3b

After it was built in 1904, wealthy businessmen offered their goods for sale in this four-storey building with its impressive sandstone figures.

The building has been used by the university since 1936. The richly decorated staircase with its historical elevator gate still remains in place. In 1993, the brand-new Department of Social Sciences – founded during reunification – moved into the corner building.

Universitätsstraße 3b
Figure: Maria Friedrich

Research into social, cultural and institutional transformation in former socialist countries, combined with analysis and research work into change and modernisation processes in EU states from a political and social-sciences perspective, have earned the department excellent national and international standings.


Department of Social Sciences


Universitätsstraße 3b
10117 Berlin