What are the humanities?

The humanities can be described as the study of how people process and document the human experience. Since humans have been able, we have used, literature, religion, art, music, history and language to understand and record our world. These modes of expression have become some of the subjects that traditionally fall under the humanities umbrella. Knowledge of these records of human experience gives us the opportunity to feel a sense of connection to those who have come before us, as well as to our contemporaries.

The importance of humanities

Insights into Everything

Through exploration of the humanities, we learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. Because these skills allow us to gain new insights into everything from poetry and paintings to business models and politics, humanistic subjects have been at the heart of a liberal arts education since the ancient Greeks first used to them to educate their citizens.

Understanding Our World

Research into the human experience adds to our knowledge about our world. Through the work of humanities scholars, we learn about the values of different cultures, about what goes into making a work of art, about how history is made. Their efforts preserve the great accomplishments of the past, help us understand the world we live in, and give us tools to imagine the future.

Bringing Clarity to the Future

Today, humanistic knowledge continues to provide the ideal foundation for exploring and understanding the human experience. Investigating a branch of philosophy might get you thinking about ethical questions. Learning another language might help you gain an appreciation for the similarities in different cultures. Contemplating a sculpture might make you think about how artist's life affected her creative decisions. Reading a book from another region of the world might help you think about the meaning of democracy. Listening to history course might help you to have a better understanding of the past, while at the same time giving you a clearer picture of what the future holds.

About the faculty

The Faculty of Humanities encompasses the disciplines of English language, Persian language and literature, and archeology. Both undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty belong to a thriving academic environment. We aim at providing supportive and expert supervision from active researchers with an appropriate expertise and to guide students to a successful outcome. Accordingly, each year, many research-based activities are done on a wide range of topics, and lectures and seminars are also organized by the faculty to engage students in the research and learning processes.

The faculty of Humanities has three departments which accept students at undergraduate and graduate levels.

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