The University of Erfurt is a reform university in the humanities with a unique profile in the cultural and social sciences. This is also reflected in its research activities within the three focus areas of Education. School. Behaviour., Religion. Society. World Relations. and Knowledge. Spaces. Media. On 3 July 2019, the University of Erfurt was accepted as an official member of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The members of the Faculty of Political Science are currently conducting research in two of the three research fields: