About us

The Faculty of Social Sciences of Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznan consists of 4 institutes: The Institute of Philosophy, the Institute of Cultural Studies, the Institute of Psychology and the Institute of Sociology, as well as the Chair of the Study of Religion and Comparative Research.

There are nearly 3000 students in the Faculty, studying 22 specializations in 6 fields: philosophy, cognitive science, cultural studies, psychology, social work and sociology. The Faculty also offers an MA in Cultural Studies: Intercultural Communication – conducted entirely in English. The Intercultural Communication course thrives on the cooperation between its international academic staff, and its international exchange, postgraduate and PhD students. This international cooperation is made possible by more than 70 partner contracts with the institutes and faculties of universities outside of Poland.

In its more than 40-year history, the Faculty has employed many outstanding researchers and encouraged them to develop in their fields. Being passionate about their fields and research interests, they have devoted much of their time to popularizing and applying the results of their research. This academic staff is famous for its numerous and important publications, and is active in the national and international forums. Among approx. 200 faculty members are members of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the scientific councils of prestigious associations, and Polish and international scientific and academic organizations. The institutional scientific research and teaching traditions of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Adam Mickiewicz University date back to the time of the Wszechnicy Piastowskiej (‘the University of the Piasts’), founded in 1919, which became the University of Poznan 1920. The high quality of education in the various disciplines taught at the Faculty has been confirmed by the certificates awarded by the University Accreditation Commission of Polish Universities.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a renowned research centre which has achieved the highest position in the assessment system of Polish research centres, namely Category A, and so is authorised to award numerous degrees and scientific titles. The doctoral studies program at the Faculty trains and prepares young researchers for work in their fields: in the Faculty of Doctoral Studies in the Institute of Cultural Studies, and on doctoral programs in the other Institutes – of philosophy, psychology and sociology.

The Faculty has its own publishing house and is also the home of several important scientific journals, including ‘Man and Society’, ‘Cultural Studies’. There are several specialist research centres on the campus and a cutting-edge cognitive science laboratory - the Action and Cognition Lab. The Faculty also offers postgraduate courses and additional training courses for professionals, including:  MBA Higher Education Management, Ethics for Teachers, Philosophy for Teachers, Psychological Support in the Field of Sexology, A Training Course in the field of Sexology and A Training Course in Pedagogy, A Training Course in Organization of Social Welfare.

The Ogrody Campus – the home of the Faculty – is a popular place with both students and staff, as it is located in very green neighbourhood, with excellent public transport links, near some of the more fashionable districts of Poznan – Jeżyce and Grunwald – so it is a cosy and harmonious place which is conducive to sharing knowledge. In the summer semester, some of the classes, at the request of the students, are conducted on lawns, in the shade of trees, in the vicinity of outdoor sculpture installations.

Students and faculty members take part in many projects that aim to support the residents of Poznan and the region. The Students’ Research Club, the Students’ Self-government, student and alumni associations, and informal student initiatives, organize scientific conferences, edit scientific journals for students, and carry out activities aimed at community building. Students of the Faculty have also achieved success in sports events. Furthermore, there is also the ‘Academic Gallery’ on campus, where the work of students and professors, professional artists and amateurs, is displayed on an equal footing. The artistic side of campus life is heightened by annual editions of the Students’ Festival of Culture ‘Kulminacje’ (Culminations), co-organized with the Faculty of Educational Studies of the Adam Mickiewicz University.

The diversity of knowledge and skills that students gain at the Faculty prepares them for work in a wide variety of areas: public sector institutions, education, culture, media, advertising and business. In the current labour market, there are many opportunities for philosophers (in the areas of ethics, public life, social communication and knowledge management), cognitive scientists, cultural studies experts, religious studies experts, social workers, sociologists and psychologists. Graduates of the Faculty of Social Sciences are regarded as highly valued employees by today's employers, as they are seen as being: able to think ‘outside-the-box’, flexible, reflective, quick learners when it comes to new knowledge and skills, and creative in solving complex problems. They are also valued due to their ability to bridge the divisions between disciplines and integrate different fields