The Department of History is affiliated to a number of other institutions in the University. These are namely the Institute of Archaeological Studies and the Department for Art History. But there are several others some of which are linked here.

Institute for Diaspora Research and Genocide Studies in the Institute for Social Movements

The Institute for Diaspora and Genocide Studies was founded with the aim of combining research on the causes and structures of collective, state-based persecution and violence with a pointed research on the individual, social and political consequences of collective violence.


Gender Studies

Gender Studies in a relatively young research discipline, in which the categories of gender and sex are analyzed in varying historical, cultural, and political contexts. Gender shows the social and cultural constructions of sex, gender, and their associated roles and norms. Gender as a social category does not stand alone, rather always in combination with other categories such as race, ethnicity, and age.

Center for Religious Studies

The Center for Religious Studies (CERES) is one of Germany’s leading institutions in the field of the academic study of religion (German: Religionswissenschaft). Both the independence of the center within the university structure as well as its close cooperations with other disciplines ensures an indepth and wide-ranging scholarly focus on religions.

The numismatic collection of the Department of History

Ruhr-University's art collection contains a notable numismatic collection of some 3.400 coins which is taken care of by the Chair for Ancient History.

The Bochum research center of the Regesta Imperii

The REGESTA IMPERII (RI) chronologically record all activities evidenced by charters and other sources of the Roman-German kings and emperors from the Carolingians up to Maximilian I (ca. 751-1519) as well as of the popes of the early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages in the form of German “Regesten” (abstracts).
The "Deutsche Kommission für die Bearbeitung der Regesta Imperii e. V." has been in charge of the fundamental work since 1967 - since 1980 as a long-term project of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz. In 2014 the investors granted the extension of the project until 2033. Nowadays the 14 subprojects are operated by seven workplaces in Germany.