Faculty of Philosophy and Arts at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen
The Faculty of Philosophy and Arts began its academic activity in 1999 as the Faculty of Humanities. It changed to its present name in 2005.
Although the faculty does not offer as wide a spectrum of study fields as at other traditional faculties of philosophy, it offers applicants a chance to study different and modern programs in anthropology, philology, philosophy, history, humanities, and social sciences in addition to the similar standard programs offered elsewhere. Due to the faculty’s relatively narrow scope of focus, cooperation and research among all the faculty’s workplaces is crucial. At first glance, the combinations of study specializations, which were formed at the faculty over the relatively short course of its existence, may seem disparate, but they actually provide a certain comparative advantage. Topics that currently intersect the scholarly interests of all the faculty’s departments include the issue of “societies in the modern age and their formation” – a topic that the faculty has been able to focus on with a high degree of complexity while making use of the wide spectrum of its offered study specializations. These specializations include contemporary archaeology; philosophy; ethnology; linguistics; modern history; political science and international affairs; social and cultural anthropology; and sociology. By means of these specializations, the faculty contributes to the cultivation and humanization of our environment and aids in the cultural development of the region. Through its scientific and research activity, the faculty has created a significant scholastic centre, which has also led to a better understanding of the region in both past and present via its various disciplines.
Graduates of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts become specialists in social sciences, humanities, historical sciences, philology, anthropology, and archaeologyand take advantage of broad opportunities on the job market in public administration, the non-profit sector, and the private entrepreneurial sphere. Graduates also find employment as translators and interpreters in the commercial sphere. The faculty trains for secondary school teacher employment as well. Studying at the Faculty of Arts at the University of West Bohemia provides students not only the opportunity to gain an education in their selected field, but also equips them with high-quality language skills, intellectual flexibility, creativity, and a general and interdisciplinary cultural background, all of which guarantee an appropriate professional position in the extremely dynamic and versatile labour market of the 21st century.
Scientific and research focus of the faculty:
- Prehistoric, medieval and modern archaeology
- The ancient and medieval Near East and the area of the Middle East
- Ancient and early modern philosophy
- British-American and Eastern European studies
- African studies
- General history
- Philosophy of science and technology
- Social and cultural anthropology
- Biological anthropology
The Faculty of Philosophy and Arts offers the following study specializations:
- Bachelor study programmes: Archaeology, Middle East Studies, Foreign Languages for Business (language combinations English – French, English – German, English – Russian), Philosophy, Humanities, International Relations – Territorial Studies, General History, Political Science, Sociology, and Social and Cultural Anthropology.
- Postgraduate master study programmes: Analytical Philosophy and the Philosophy of Science; Anthropology of Past Populations; Archaeology; Middle East Studies; European Cultural Studies; International Relations; Modern History; Political Science; Sociology; Social and Cultural Anthropology; Theory and Philosophy of Communication; French Teaching for Secondary Schools
- Doctoral study programmes: Archaeology, Ethnology, History, International Relations, and the Theory and History of Science and Technology.
Foreign students can choose from the following subjects: