About the School of Humanities

Key figures 2017

138 bachelor's degrees
101 master's degrees
9 doctoral degrees

61 internationally reviewed
22 domestically reviewed

1,173 basic degree students
85 postgraduate degree students

122 int'l basic degree students
16 int'l postgraduate degree students
42 exchange students

19 professors
60 teachers and researchers

The School of Humanities at the University of Eastern Finland offers an excellent opportunity to study languages and culture from a basic degree to postgraduate degree studies. Research is carried out in a versatile and international manner in all fields of study across the boundaries between disciplines. In an international assessment completed in 2013, our research activities were found to be of high quality and the school’s researchers were applauded in particular for their multidisciplinary research.

Our school employs 19 professors and about 60 other teachers and researchers as well as a large group of docents and grant-based researchers. Our school has about 1,300 students of which about 100 are postgraduate students.

Available studies

The major subject of a postgraduate degree and a master’s degree completed in our school may be Finnish Language, Literature, Folklore Studies, Cultural Studies, Swedish Language, English Language and Culture, English Language and Translation, German Language and Culture, German Language and Translation, Russian Language and Culture, Russian Language and Translation or general linguistics. In addition to the above-mentioned subjects, the major subject of a bachelor’s degree in the School of Humanities may be Gender Studies, the Sociology of Art, Cultural Anthropology, Musicology and Media Culture and Communication. In addition, we also offer many minor subjects such as intermediate studies in Japanese and French.

Social influence

The social relations of the School of Humanities are formed on the basis of cooperation with various regional, national and international interest groups. With regard to education, we interact closely with the surrounding society. Graduates are placed in social duties, for example, as a subject teacher and an expert in public institutions, the third sector and the media. Many graduates of the School of Humanities have also founded a company. The changing needs of society are taken into consideration in the content of the education and its development.

People involved in humanities form active cooperation networks with regional and national operators. We cooperate regionally with local organisations both in education and research such as schools, local authorities and citizen organisations. Other cooperation with universities of applied sciences is continuously developed. A significant socially effective regional form of cooperation is the Studia Generalia lecture series organised in cooperation with the summer university and various citizen organisations and other events targeted at the public.

On a national scale, the interest groups of researchers and research teams include several important operators, such as the Institute for the Languages of Finland (Kotus), the Finnish Literature Society (SKS), The Kalevala Society Foundation and the Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters (SKTL). Important international forms of cooperation that have social impact include international conferences and seminars in which we participate around the world and organise in our domestic environment. In addition, researchers and teachers participate in many ways in current social discussion in the media, act in various expert roles and present research results in their own disciplines and their social applicability.

Risto Turunen
Head of the School of Humanities

In cooperation