Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities (FH) was created in 2010 through the merger of the Faculty of Philology and Arts and the Faculty of Modern Languages. At present, the Faculty of Humanities is the newest UL faculty, but its roots go back to 1919 when alongside faculties of natural and technical sciences, adopted from the Riga Polytechnic Institute, there was formed a faculty of Linguistics and Philosophy whose scientific potential concentrated mainly on the Baltic languages and in particular the Latvian language, literature, history and culture.
According to the FH Statute, the Faculty’s main aim is to organise and implement studies, research and innovation at the UL in such fields as linguistics, literary theory, folkloristics, anthropology, arts (theory and history of theatre), as well as regional and interdisciplinary studies. The motto of the faculty defines its fundamental mission to collect and enhance knowledge for life and work, to cultivate the Latvian language, literature and culture, and to strengthen the traditional cross-cultural connections, promoting their research and development.
With its more than 2,000 students as well as a large number of lecturers and scientific researchers, the Faculty of Humanities is one of the biggest at the University of Latvia. The Faculty offers a wide and varied range of study programs in various branches and sub-branches of humanities, provided by seven departments: Department of Latvian and Baltic Studies, Department of English Studies, Department of Asian Studies, Department of German and Roman Studies, Department of Classical Philology and Anthropology Studies, Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, and Department of Contrastive Linguistics, Translation and Interpreting.
The quality of studies is assured by international accreditation, high qualifications of professors and other teaching staff, a significant number of guest lecturers from European and Asian universities, international student mobility and various exchange programs.
The FH Students' Self-Government contributes to creative community, not only representing the interests of students at the Faculty and UL level, but also organizing educational, entertainment and sporting events. The Students' Self-Government promotes implementation intentions, thus allowing students to feel a genuine sense of belonging to the UL and their faculty.