Schools and departments
Each school and department organises its own courses and examinations according to its field of study.
Discover the schools and departments of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is comprised of 18 departments and 2 schools, which cover six main fields of study:
- Teaching and education sciences
- Information and communication
- Human and social sciences
The National Institute of teaching and education (Institut national supérieur du professorat et de l’éducation, or INSPE) of the Académie de Paris offers training for teachers-to-be.
Classes take place on the school’s three sites (Molitor, Batignolles and Boursault).
Information and communication courses are provided by the CELSA, the School of journalism and communication affiliated with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The CELSA’s programmes are intended for students in full-time education as well as professionals in continuing education, and deliver bachelor’s and master’s degrees, PhDs, Mastères spécialisés® (specialised master’s), magister degrees, and MBAs. Courses take place on the CELSA premises in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
Department of English studies
Through the study of literature, linguistics and civilisations, the Department of English studies provides an in-depth knowledge of the culture of English-speaking countries and offers career prospects in teaching, research, translation, and international relations.
Department of Arabic and Hebraic studies
Through different specialisations, the Department of Arabic and Hebraic studies allows for an in-depth study of Arabic and Hebraic languages, literatures and civilisations, from medieval to contemporary times. These courses offer career prospects in teaching, research, translation, and international relations.
Department of Germanic and Nordic studies
Devoted to German, Dutch, Yiddish and Nordic (Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish) studies, this cross-disciplinary range of courses offers opportunities to join international exchange programmes. There are courses about language, literature, civilisation and intellectual history in each specialisation, which are open to beginners.
Department of Iberian and Latin American studies
Through the study of languages, literatures and civilisations, the Department of Iberian and Latin American studies provides an in-depth knowledge of the cultural history of the Iberian (Spain, Portugal) and Latin American (Hispanic America, Brazil) worlds, from medieval to contemporary times.
Department of Italian studies
The Department of Italian studies is devoted to teaching and researching the fields of Italian language, literature and culture. A careful consideration of essential questions regarding civilisation allows the Department to address the history and the societal, political and economic issues of modern and contemporary Italy, in order to comprehend the concerns of this dynamic nation.
Department of Slavic studies
Through the study of Slavic languages, literatures and civilisations, the Department of Slavic studies provides an in-depth knowledge of the cultural history of Eastern European countries (Russia, Poland), of former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia), and of central Europe (Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary).
Department of Geography and spatial planning
Thanks to a cross-disciplinary study of geographical spaces, combining historical, political, cultural and economic approaches, the Department of Geography and spatial planning offers courses that strive both for comprehending intercontinental interactions and for developing a reflection on town and country planning.
Department of Greek
The Department embraces the whole scope of Hellenism in its literary, linguistic and cultural aspects, from the Mycenaean period to contemporary times. Three institutes are attached to the Department: the Institute of papyrology, the Institute of epigraphy, and the Neo-Hellenic Institute.
Department of History
From Classical Antiquity to the contemporary world, the Department of History explores the historical study of civilisations, cultures, religions and politics around the world.
Department of Art history and archaeology
From Classical Antiquity to contemporary times, the Department of Art history and archaeology explores the study of arts across various civilisations (European, Egyptian, Islamic, Indian, Chinese, Native American) and art forms (painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, architecture, archaeology).
Institute of research on the civilisations of the modern Western world (IRCOM)
Within the framework of a historical study of the different civilisations of the modern Western world (14th-21st centuries), master’s and doctorate students are trained in research and teaching thanks to conferences and research seminars. The Institute aims to analyse European civilisations from the beginning of the 14th century to the 21st century, as well as to cast a historical light on contemporary issues. The scope of the Institute’s studies also extends to colonial and post-colonial societies.
Department of French language
Through an examination of the different fields comprised in French language studies (philology, linguistics, stylistics, poetics, rhetoric, lexicology, dialectology), the Department of French language trains students in language sciences, offering them career prospects in teaching, research, journalism, communication and publishing.
Department of Applied Languages
The Department of Applied Languages is dedicated to understanding the challenges of the contemporary world through the study of languages and civilisations. These cross-disciplinary studies combine the learning of languages (choice of two languages) with politic, legal and economic approaches, and grant access to various professional specialisations in business and communication on an international scale.
Department of Latin
Through a historical study of the Latin language, literature and linguistics, the Department of Latin allows students to acquire a sound knowledge of Latin, from the Archaic period to the Renaissance. The different specialisations offer career prospects in teaching, research and translation.
Department of French and comparative literature
Through the study of French literature and comparative literature from the Middle-Ages to the contemporary period, the Department of French and comparative literature offers training leading to teaching and research via its French language and literature programme, as well as to jobs in publishing, communication, journalism and audio-visual media, via the literature, publishing and media programme.
Department of Music and musicology
The courses provided by the Department of Music and musicology aim to study and understand the phenomenon of music in its historical and geographical context, providing an opening onto a broader study of civilisations. The Department offers a complete general curriculum, combining teachings on ethnology and the evolution of musical codes with musical techniques and practices.
Department of Philosophy
At the Department of Philosophy, students will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the methods and traditions of the human science of philosophy, thanks to a wide range of approaches (history of philosophy, political and moral philosophy, philosophy of science, aesthetics and philosophy of art, biomedical humanities) encompassing various cultural areas.
Department of Sociology and computer science
The Department of Sociology and computer science comprises two sub-departments. In partnership with ENS Paris-Saclay, the department of sociology teaches the cultural and historical study of society through the acquisition of specific skills (inquiry, textual analysis, statistics, computer science).
The department of computer science, mathematics and linguistics focuses on scientific studies applied to humanities. The different courses offer career prospects in teaching, research and positions in business work environments.
For more detailed information about the courses and the contact information for each department, visit their dedicated webpages