Bachelor’s or Master’s degree graduates at the Faculty of Arts are experts in their field with a wide range of skills with universal applications. What does this mean in practice and how are these skills acquired?
You will gain expertise through studying your major subject. The studies will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the core contents of your field, current research topics and ways to apply this knowledge to practice in both research and various positions outside academia. You will also develop your expertise through other studies, because research and studies in the humanities are multidisciplinary in nature. You will familiarise yourself with the practices of other fields through, for example, minor subject studies, which will also enable you to combine the knowledge and skills you have already learned.
Key universal skills of graduates in the field of the humanities include cognitive skills such as analytical thinking, creativity, the application of information, and argumentation skills. As a humanist you will know how to compare and critically evaluate different points of view as well as form your own reasoned opinion of the matter at hand. You will also be able to argue your points in a convincing and understandable manner.
Other clear strengths of humanities graduates include language skills, the understanding of cultural contexts and the mastery of extensive bodies of information. The studies will provide you with a good basis for understanding various cultural linkages and connections in a global environment, as well as to identify the temporal perspective of different issues. The mastery of extensive bodies of information is related to both project management skills and the ability to grasp large interrelated topics.
During your studies you will also learn skills pertaining to, for example, independent and group work, the processing of information, and interaction. In addition, a degree in the field of the humanities will equip you with information literacy, ICT and independent research-related abilities.
Graduates in the field of humanities are generalists whose competence is not tailored for any particular profession, but is more diverse and generalised in terms of subject competence. This is an asset in the changing job market. In addition, training in the humanities is timeless, as the skills acquired during these studies can be utilised in a wide range of ways at different times, regardless of the duties in question and any changes involved. Humanists are prepared to embrace change and to contribute to changing the world.